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You can stay here in your comfort zone or make the next step in your career. It was not a difficult decision; Manchester United were the English and European champions, they had the best players, they had Sir Alex Ferguson and Old Trafford. How could I not be seduced.feedback
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Alex Ferguson has most recently been quoted in an article called 'When he walked into the room, people would stop talking' - Berbatov on the Ferguson effect. Alex Ferguson said, “When I signed for United, I felt like it was a reward for everything that I'd been through in my life.”. Alex Ferguson has been quoted a grand total of 90 times in 54 articles.
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Aug 30 2017

The recommendation we look at is to close the window before the season starts, so everyone knows which players they've got and aren't waiting to see what the first results are going to be.feedback

Aug 30 2017

Obviously, in some cases, that is changing a bit. It's disappointing because I'm sure that, in the case of Liverpool, they did a very good job in making Coutinho the player he is today.feedback

Aug 30 2017

I think Juventus are controlling the league in Italy. They've been doing that for the past six years. They have a fantastic coach. They got to the final last year and did really well in the first half but Real Madrid were unbelievable in the second half.feedback

Aug 30 2017

You have to understand how good Real Madrid are now. They're a mature team, they've been together for three, four, five years – all of their players together.feedback

Aug 30 2017 - Russia

Personally, I think Real Madrid will be very difficult to beat, I think they're a great team. I'm hoping United [in Group A along with Benfica, Basel and CSKA Moscow] will do well this year with a very strong team.feedback

Aug 30 2017

It gives them great continuity and understanding of the roles they've all got to play. It's a real team.feedback

Aug 30 2017

I know that Napoli have emerged and done very well but I still think Juventus are the best team in Italy.feedback

Aug 30 2017 - Champions League

Juventus were in the cup final two years before and they've been the main Italian threat to win the champions League.feedback

Aug 26 2017 - Manchester United

Have to take back what I said about Thiago Silva being over rated today. Been immense tonight. Still looks like an overweight ladyboy though!feedback

Aug 09 2017

They're dancing about the touchline and I was raging, saying I should have put the full lot out for the way they were celebrating. But the long-term view was always win your league. There's a lot of tribalism in the Premier League and I think if you ask the supporters whether they would rather win the league or the Super Cup, I know what the answer is.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - World Cup

So, in the games against Lazio and Zenit I played a lot of the younger players. I'm sorry I did that and I'll tell you why – because Lazio treated it like the World Cup final.feedback

Aug 08 2017 - Champions League

So we viewed it a little differently and, in hindsight, I wish I'd have gone for it. At the end of the day, history is history and we could have won the Super Cup three times – if we'd played properly in Rome against Barcelona [the 2009 Champions League final defeat], maybe another one.feedback

Aug 01 2017

When we won the Treble in 1999, it wasn't because of the XI. It was because of the pool.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Manchester United

He looked like a Manchester United player as soon as I saw him.feedback

Jul 13 2017

For years we tried to do a deal with him but we never quite managed it, either because Atletico did not want to sell or the player felt he was too young.feedback

Jul 13 2017

Was more painful than my hip replacement.feedback

Jul 12 2017

Mark Bosnich was a terrible professional. We played down at Wimbledon and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu.feedback

Jul 09 2017

It's a strange twist of fate that if Newcastle hadn't come in for him he wouldn't be here, he'd probably still be at Everton. Once we knew Everton were talking to another club we had to do something. We didn't think he was available.feedback

Jun 18 2017

The preparation to play in games as big as that can be started in pre-season tournaments like the ICC, which is fantastic.feedback

Jun 18 2017

The more intense the challenge they can get, the better prepared they will be when facing Manchester City in an important league match or Real Madrid or Barcelona in Europe.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Manchester United

The expectation is always there and the matches we'll face in the ICC are all big ones. It's very good for the younger players to come into this type of competition in terms of preparing to be a Manchester United player.feedback

Jun 04 2017

I know about that and I spoke to Michael about it. I encouraged all the players to do that [to work with young players] and most have done it. It's really important. A lot of players don't do anything in the afternoon after training. They go home and sit in the house, watching television or whatever. But I think they should take a keen interest in the game.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - UEFA

It [the Champions League] is definitely the most entertaining tournament in football and players are big celebrities and see it as a platform to perform, enjoy themselves and excel to the best of their abilities.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - UEFA

Personally, I think you have a duty and responsibility to entertain, and if you keep doing that, you're going to have a bigger demand to watch these games we have to remember there's a public there to be entertained, and in my time at United it was 'as long as you win' – so if it was 4-3 or 5-4, then OK. My last game [against West Bromwich Albion] was 5-5 so I could have asked for more.feedback

May 25 2017

Sir Matt [Busby] was rebuilding the United team after the Munich air disaster and he got the the semi-finals with a very young side, which was a great achievement. But for Celtic to do it with players who were all from within about 25 miles of each other, it's really astonishing. It's brilliant to recognise the achievement and also applaud what the players and staff managed to do. It'll never be done again, there's absolutely no doubt about that.feedback

May 25 2017 - Manchester United

They were the first British club [to win it] obviously, that set the path. For a period, particularly Manchester United, then did it. But they were the pioneers, doing the impossible. It was an amazing achievement and the expectation rose, winning the [Scottish] Cup against Dunfermline, to create the side that he did, Jock was unbelievable. So it'll always be regarded as the greatest football feat.feedback

May 24 2017 - Manchester United

If we hold Pogba back, what's going to happen? He's going to leave. You know, in a couple of years' time when his contract is going to finish.feedback

May 21 2017 - Manchester United

At the moment, of course, with the ridiculous situation of the pressure Arsene is under, I just wonder if they realise the job he's done. The most amazing thing about him is this: he has come through a forest of criticism for months now, and has never bowed.feedback

May 21 2017 - Manchester United

It's quite easy to say 'Get rid of him', but who do you get? Who do you get in to keep that club the way they are for the next 20 years? Has long-termism vanished? I hope not because I think the stability that a manager like Arsene Wenger has brought to Arsenal, and Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, myself at United...there's no evidence that sacking a manager brings success.feedback

May 21 2017 - Manchester United

I think United have done really well. I think with the draws, they've played really well in a lot of those draws. If even six of those draws turned to wins, that's 12 points, and they'd have been up there. Hopefully we can start winning things because I'm sure that's what Jose wants. We do still chat, as I did with Louis van Gaal and with David Moyes. United directors in my time were always very supportive of me, and I hope that continues for them.feedback

May 21 2017 - Manchester United

The value is two-fold. One, they'll always remember the person who gave them their start in life, and secondly, they create a loyalty base that is there for life. The young players we had coming through still keep in touch with me, and that is an indication of how well it works. I don't think short-termism works, I really don't. I think there are teams that can buy all the time and remain successful, but on a general theme, I don't think short-termism works. With Tottenham, to me, it looks like there is a long-termism there, they're building something that looks pretty good.feedback

May 18 2017

At a press conference you need to come out as the winner.feedback

May 13 2017

Madrid paid £80m in cash, and do you know why. It was a way for Florentino Pérez, their president, to say to the world: 'We are Real Madrid, we are the biggest of the lot.' It was a clever move.feedback

Apr 27 2017

No matter what the tempo is Eric's got the ability to compose himself on the ball. In the maelstrom of League football that in itself is a miracle.feedback

Apr 21 2017 - UEFA

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League. We've never won Uefa Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance. It's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that. I don't want our club to be just happy fighting for top four and Champions League. I want us fighting for trophies.feedback

Apr 21 2017

We don't hide that we are still fighting for our situation in the Premier League but the Europa League becomes a fundamental competition for us. The Premier League was not possible because we drew too many matches.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Manchester United

We have a mocking situation in this country now. You see it on all these TV shows where the panellists criticise the contestants. It's a mocking culture we've got so when they [football supporters] see that [on television] they mock the manager, they ridicule him. It's hard to take. It's very wrong and makes it very, very difficult.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Manchester United

When we re-started training, I kept waiting for you to turn up as normal but I think that was in hope not realism and I knew when we met at Mottram your time at Manchester United was over.feedback

Apr 06 2017

From the minute we bought Michael in 2006, his character has always been outstanding. He's a football man and that character, coupled with his ability, made him a certainty to be a big success at United.feedback

Apr 06 2017

That tells you that the boy had the confidence that he was going to make it. A 16-year-old kid from Newcastle going to east London, that's a trek, and it impressed me.feedback

Mar 28 2017

I get on well with Jose and I think he's doing a really good job.feedback

Mar 28 2017 - Champions League

The season is still alive. It's very important now because if you win it, you're into the Champions League. At the moment the Premier League is a real fight for the positions behind Chelsea with Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, ourselves. It's not going to be easy to get into the top four.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Manchester United

I think success is cyclical. If you think about the 90s, it was AC Milan. In the 70s, Ajax and Bayern Munich. In the 80s; Liverpool. In the 90s; Italy, AC Milan. Then England had a great spell with three teams about six years ago all in the semi-final. We [Man United] were in three finals in four years. I had great energy, and I sacrificed a lot - my kids would grow up with my wife, and the role she played was really important. I didn't need any motivation. You don't need motivation at Manchester United. The history of that club is enough. So I enjoyed a fantastic spell.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Manchester United

I think there's plenty left. Unfortunately, he had an injury last season and he was out for a while and when he came back we had a new manager and the new manager, Jose [Mourinho], had his own ideas. His move will come at the right time for him. He's a huge figure. He's very popular with the United players and fans, and he'll make an impact.feedback

Mar 22 2017

You're looking for someone to talk to, you just can't wait for the game to start. The excitement is boiling up in you and I really miss that.feedback

Mar 22 2017

Many years ago, our pre-season was probably done in a less intense way.feedback

Mar 22 2017

I did try [to sign Maldini] but when I met his father he was quite formidable, I got a shake of the head. He said, My grandfather is Milan, my father is, I am Milan, my sons are Milan. Forget it. I must admit, I miss the big games – the cup finals. They are fantastic. The year after I retired, I went to the Atletico Madrid versus Real Madrid final and I said to [his wife] Cathy, these are the games. It turns inside your stomach for an hour before the game. When the players are out for their warm-up, you're on your own.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - UEFA

The thing is, we've never won the Europa League. We've never won the UEFA Cup, what it used to be. And we've got a great draw. I'm not saying it's a certainty, but they've got a great chance. If you win a trophy, it's important. It's a European trophy. It doesn't matter that it's not the Champions League -- it's still a European trophy. And if you win it, you get into the Champions League. The incentive is greater to do that.feedback

Mar 13 2017

Mal has been a tremendous player for us, coming in and out of the team with never a complaint. He got us out of a big hole.feedback

Oct 22 2013

David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game.feedback

Oct 22 2013

The hardest part of Roy's body is his tongue. What I noticed that day as I was arguing with him was his eyes narrowed to black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I'm from Glasgow.feedback

Oct 22 2013

There was no footballing reason for him to go to America. He was giving up top level football as well as the international game. You should never surrender what you're good at.feedback

Sep 19 2012

I think that they are very strong in these (attacking) positions and I know from experience of playing against Turkish teams in the past that this is never easy so it will be very very close tomorrow.feedback

Nov 23 2011

The chips are down but I have every confidence in the team.feedback

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