Sir Alex Ferguson’s best quotes from squeaky-bums and Liverpool’s ‘f***ing perch’ to Mourinho’s ‘paint-stripper’ wine

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Sir Alex Ferguson's best quotes from squeaky-bums and Liverpool's 'f***ing perch' to Mourinho's 'paint-stripper' wine

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson will go down as one of the greatest football managers of all time.

A 13-time Premier League champion, Scott was a master tactician.

Sir Alex Ferguson has dropped some gems during his career, including his iconic 'Football, Bloody Hell' after Man Utd's Champions League final return to Bayern Munich in 1999.

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Sir Alex Ferguson has dropped some gems during his career, including his iconic ‘Football, Bloody Hell’ after Man Utd’s Champions League final return to Bayern Munich in 1999.credit: getty
Man Utd's last-gas 2-1 win inspired one of football's most recognizable quotes from Fergie

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Man Utd’s last-gas 2-1 win inspired one of football’s most recognizable quotes from Fergiecredit: action image

Nothing proves that point quite like the demise of United since his retirement in 2013.

But Fergie was not only known as an unreliable manager, he is always regarded as one of the most quotable.

As Ferguson celebrates his 80th birthday, we take a look at some of the most memorable quotes from the ex-Man Utd boss…

1. “Football, bloody hell.”

  • Manchester United’s incredible, comeback win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

2. “It’s tickling now—squeak-kiss time, I call it.”

  • In the 2003 Premier League title race.

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Ferguson once claimed Eric Cantona was 'made for Man Utd'

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Ferguson once claimed Eric Cantona was ‘made for Man Utd’credit: PA: Press Association

3. “If ever there was a player anywhere in the world who was made for Manchester United, it was Cantona.

“He crawled in, puffed out his chest, raised his head and surveyed everything as if he was asking, ‘I’m Cantona. How big are you? Are you big enough for me?’.”

4. “My biggest challenge isn’t what’s happening at the moment, my biggest challenge was fixing Liverpool off their f***ing perch.

“And you can print it.”

  • on the 2002–03 Premier League title.

5. “It was a strange incident. If I tried to do it 100 or a million times it couldn’t happen again. I’d keep playing if I could!”

6. “When an Italian says it’s pasta, I check the bottom of the sauce to make sure. They are the innovators of the smokescreen.”

7. “I am going to tell you the story of the geese that flies 5,000 miles from Canada to France.

“They fly in V-formations but others don’t.

“They sub for the first one. And then the other guys take over — so it’s teamwork.”

8. “There’s a lot of expectations placed on Manchester City and they have to win something with what they’ve spent.

“Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and you have to live with him.”

  • Take over Man City’s mega-money and rise to the top.

9. “It’s unthinkable not to apologize to another manager for the players’ behaviour.

,It’s a shame but I don’t expect Wenger to ever apologize – he’s that type of person.

10. “He was definitely full of it, calling me ‘boss’ and ‘big man’ when we had our drink after the first leg.

,But it would help if their greeting was accompanied by a nice glass of wine. What he gave me was a paint-stripper. ,

  • On his first impressions of self-proclaimed ‘special one’ Jose Mourinho.

11. “I had a saying that when a player is at his peak, he feels as if he can climb Everest in his slippers. He was like that.”

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Paul Innes came in for some huge praise from Ferguson during his Man Utd days

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Paul Innes came in for some huge praise from Ferguson during his Man Utd dayscredit: getty

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