Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden reign at Manchester United has been illuminated by his often fiery rhetoric.
From scathing reviews to sparkling praise, the Scotsman has created a catalog of memorable quotes.
Here, ahead of its 80th birthday, the PA news agency takes a look at some of the most notable.
âMy biggest challenge isn’t what’s going on right now, my biggest challenge has been to knock Liverpool off their fucking perch. And you can print it.
On Manchester City’s emergence as a Premier League force:
âThere have been a lot of expectations on Manchester City and with the expense they’ve made they have to win something. Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and have to live with it. There is nothing you can do about it.
On JosÃ© Mourinho:
“He was certainly full of them, calling me ‘Boss’ and ‘Big Man’ when we had our post-game drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were paired with a nice glass of wine. What he gave me was paint stripper.
On ArsÃ¨ne Wenger:
“They say he’s a smart man, don’t they?” Speaks five languages. I have a 15 year old boy from Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!
On Rafael Benitez:
“I think he’s very concerned about his CV, he refers to it a lot.”
On his split from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:
âThe press has had a busy day. The only person they haven’t spoken to is Barack Obama because he’s busy.
On the incident in which former midfielder David Beckham was hit in the head by a flying boot:
âIt was an abnormal incident. If I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn’t happen again. If I could, I would have continued to play!
On the mind games used by the Italian teams:
âWhen 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.
Seeing Ryan Giggs as a schoolboy:
âI remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and floated on the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.
On Wayne Rooney’s decision to sign a new contract:
âSometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you have in the field. “
On Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Cristiano Ronaldo:
“Do you think I would make a contract with this crowd?” Jesus Christ, no chance. I wouldn’t sell them a virus.
On United’s spectacular Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 1999:
” I can not believe it. I can not believe it. Football, fucking hell.
âThe decision to retire is a decision that I have thought about a lot and that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time.