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The wit and wisdom

"My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their perch. And you can print that."

On post-match drinks with Jose Mourinho: "He was certainly full of it, calling me boss and big man when we had our post-match drink. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."

Knowing his players

"[Schmeichel] was towering over me and the other players were almost covering their eyes. I’m looking up and thinking 'if he does hit me, I’m dead'."

"Nothing [Eric] Cantona did in matches meant more than the way he opened my eyes to the indispensability of practice."

"Phil Jones is an animal for football. He grasps the game, he understands it."

"Ryan Giggs is a freak - a unique freak."

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Classic Ferguson quotes

"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."

"I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football. Bloody hell."

On press concerns over Wayne Rooney’s temper in 2004: "What were you like when you were 19? I was trying to start a workers’ revolution in Glasgow. My mother thought I was a Communist."

"Pippo Inzaghi – that lad was born offside."

"It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it."

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