Top Quotes by Alex Ferguson

In England, it’s a rare thing to see a player smoking but, all in all, I prefer that to an alcoholic. The relationship with alcohol is a real problem in English football and, in the short term, it’s much more harmful to a sportsman. It weakens the body, which becomes more susceptible to injury.

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The work of a team should always embrace a great player but the great player must always work.

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I don’t like losing but I’ve mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now.

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You can’t applaud a referee.

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You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.

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I’m going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don’t fly. They’re the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over – so it’s teamwork.

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As long as there are games to play it is not over.

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Sometimes in football you have to hold your hand up and say, yeah, they’re better than us.

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If we can play like that every week we’ll get some level of consistency.

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If I have my health I can carry on. There will be a point when I do quit but I have absolutely no idea when that is.

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I’ve never played for a draw in my life.

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If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.

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Human beings of today are more fragile, whereas people born in wartime, during the Second World War, eventually became the great players like Pele. They were fantastic players.

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One of the things I always thought about as a young coach was finding solutions to things that happened, but the most important thing I always referred to was never giving in.

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I tell the players that the bus is moving. This club has to progress. And the bus wouldn’t wait for them. I tell them to get on board.

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Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I’ve thrown teacups then we’ve gone through some crockery in this place. It’s completely exaggerated, but I don’t like people arguing back with me.

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I feel sympathy for the working class lad. I’ve always championed about ticket prices and try to equate that to people’s salaries.

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Well, football is a hard game; there’s no denying it. It’s a game that can bring out the worst in you, at times.

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Sometimes you’re not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes… you just know.

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I do believe in fate.

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There are members of the London press who seek to antagonise me, deliberately.

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The culmination of three trophies was the pinnacle of my career and it has been rewarded with a knighthood.

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Her Majesty said she hoped I would have time for my horses – I own two and have shares in four.

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Football management is such a pressurised thing – horseracing is a release. I’m also learning to play the piano – I’m quite determined – it’s another release from the pressure of my job.

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The time I have already spent at Harvard has been a stimulating experience, and I look forward to developing my relationship and activities with the students, faculty and friends of the Harvard Business School community.

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Bobby Charlton’s record was quite substantial. I couldn’t think anybody would beat that. It is an achievement par excellence.

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I think you have a duty and a responsibility to entertain. We have to always remember that there’s a public to be entertained.

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