Some priceless quotes here from a giant of British football who will never be bettered surely. My favs being his Cantona comments, Keane and Anzhagi/Italians remarks.
ON ERIC CANTONA
"If ever there was one player, anywhere in the world, that was made for Manchester United, it was Cantona. He swaggered in, stuck his chest out, raised his head and surveyed everything as though he were asking: 'I'm Cantona. How big are you? Are you big enough for me?'"
ON WINNING THE EUROPEAN CUP IN 1999
(Speaking after Roy Keane's inspired performance in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League against Juventus after receiving a booking which meant he would miss the final)
"It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt such an honour to be associated with such a player."
(Ferguson's half-time team-talk during the 1999 European Cup final with Bayern Munich)
"At the end of this game, the European Cup will be only six feet away from you, and youíll not even able to touch it if we lose. And for many of you, that will be the closest you will ever get. Donít you dare come back in here without giving your all."
(After United won with two dramatic goals in stoppage time)
"I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Football. Bloody hell."
ON ARSENE WENGER AND ARSENAL
"They say he's an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages. I've got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!"
"He's a novice and should keep his opinions to Japanese football."
ON DENNIS WISE
"He could start a row in an empty house."
ON JOSE MOURINHO
"He was certainly full of it, calling me 'Boss' and 'Big Man' when we had our post-match drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."
[B]ON RETIRED ITALIAN STRIKER FILIPPO INZAGHI
"Inzaghi was born in an offside position."
ON THE ITALIANS
"When an Italian tells me it's pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure. They are the inventors of the smokescreen."
ON RYAN GIGGS
"The first time I saw him, he was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of paper in the wind."