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.

Sir Alex Ferguson got his hands on the Champions League in 1999 (Owen Humphreys / PA)

On Liverpool:

“My 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:

“There 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.

Sir Alex Ferguson, right, did not review Jose Mourinho's wine choices (Sean Dempsey / PA)
Sir Alex Ferguson, right, did not review Jose Mourinho’s wine choices (Sean Dempsey / PA)

On José 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 Arsène 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!

Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, left, initially had a notoriously icy relationship (Rui Vieira / PA)
Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, left, initially had a notoriously icy relationship (Rui Vieira / PA)

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:

“The 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:

“It 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!

Ferguson kicked a boot in frustration once, inadvertently hitting David Beckham, pictured, just above his left eye (Martin Rickett / PA)
Ferguson kicked a boot in frustration once, inadvertently hitting David Beckham, pictured, just above his left eye (Martin Rickett / PA)

On the mind games used by the Italian teams:

“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.

Seeing Ryan Giggs as a schoolboy:

“I 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.

Sir Alex Ferguson bought Wayne Rooney from Old Trafford
Sir Alex Ferguson bought Wayne Rooney from Old Trafford (Gareth Copley / PA)

On Wayne Rooney’s decision to sign a new contract:

“Sometimes 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.

Manchester United won the Champions League in dramatic circumstances
Manchester United won the Champions League in dramatic circumstances (Phil Noble / PA)

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.

Retired :

“The 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.