10 Classic Alex Ferguson Quotes

Like him or loathe him, the one thing you have to admit is that Fergie was a fantastic source of top quotes. Always willing to wind up the opposition or the media, with some quip or dig, his one-liners could get under the skin like no one else. So now he's retired and the quotes might not be so frequent as before it's a good time to relive some of Fergie's best quotes...

No.1 "I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Football - Bloody hell !!!"

2009, and Fergie is almost lost for words after United's incredible last-gasp turnaround over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

No.2 "It's getting tickly now - squeaky-bum time, I call it."

Fergie introduced one of football's now classic lines back in 2003 when battling it out at the end of the season with Arsenal.

No.3 "Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder."

2009, and one of Fergie's most famous line's is directed towards the new buying-power of Manchester City.

No.4 "My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that."

Sir Alex Ferguson on overhauling Liverpool's record number of title victories.

No.5 "Do you think I would enter into a contract with that mob? Absolutely no chance. I would not sell them a virus."

2008 - Fergie gives both barrels to Real Madrid about the idea of them selling Cristiano Ronaldo to them.

No.6 "I think he was an angry man. He must have been disturbed for some reason. I think you have got to cut through the venom of it and hopefully he'll reflect and understand what he said was absolutely ridiculous."

Fergie certainly got under the skin of Rafa Benitez, an this was his response to the then-Liverpool manager;s 'fact' rant back in 2009.

No.7 "It's City isn't it? They are a small club, with a small mentality. All they can talk about is Manchester United, that's all they've done and they can't get away from it."

2009 - Fergie get's fired up after City unveil the infamous Carlos Tevez "Welcome to Manchester" poster.

No.8 "He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind."

Poetic stuff from Fergie on the great Ryan Giggs.

No.9 "If I'd tried it 100 times or a million times, it wouldn't happen again. If it did, I would carry on playing."

2003, Fergie talk's about the on the infamous kicked boot that hit David Beckham straight in the mush.

No.10 "Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it's a better cow than the one you've got in your own field. It's a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way."

2010 - Fergie goes all Ian Holloway as he tries to fathom out Wayne Rooney's request for a transfer.

Obviously whilst he was at Manchester United, one of the richest clubs in the world, Sir Alex Ferguson's and his player's were used to having every conceivable bit of kit made available to them from top-of-the-range boots and training kit right through to personalized sports bottles.

Now he's just like the rest of us (well, almost!) at local sports clubs - looking for any bit of kit that could be BPA free and of use to the club !