1. ITV Report

'Football. Bloody hell': Ferguson's career in quotes

Ferguson kisses the Champions League trophy in 1999. Photo: PA

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

– 1999 after winning the Champions League in added time

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 on the rise of Manchester City
A Manchester City poster of Carlos Tevez - who signed from Manchester United - was designed to provoke. Credit: Empics

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

– 2002 on the power shift in English football

Do you think I would enter into a contract with that mob? Absolutely no chance. I would not sell them a virus. That is a ‘No’ by the way. There is no agreement whatsoever between the clubs.

– 2008 on Real Madrid's attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo

He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.

– The first time he saw Ryan Giggs play
Giggs broke into the United first team at age 17. Credit: Empics

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

– 2003 on the title race with Arsenal
Veron's two seasons at Manchester United were largely unsuccessful. Credit: PA

I'm no f****** talking to you. He's a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots.

– 2001 on criticism after signing Juan Sebastian Veron