Sir Alex Ferguson Book highlights: Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy Beckham's Boot Incident


Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United's most decorated manager, revealed his second autobiography on Tuesday.

Available to buy on Thursday, here are some of the highlights...


"We received a tip-off that Liverpool would stage-manage a question that would enable Benítez to go on the attack.


The Facts were all wrong."


"Bill Kenwright [Everton chairman] was crying. He announced that he would like to make a call. Through his tears, Bill said: 'I'll need to phone my mother.

'They're stealing our boy, they're stealing our boy,' he said down the line."


"The next thing I knew I had pizza all over me. They say it was Cesc Fàbregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit was."


"I was offered the England job on two occasions. Adam Crozier, chief executive of the FA from 2000 to 2002, came to see me before Eriksson was appointed in 2001. The first time before that, when Martin Edwards was chairman, around the time Kevin Keegan took the reins in 1999.

"There was no way I could contemplate taking the England job. Can you imagine me doing that? A Scotsman? I always joked that I would take the position and relegate them."


"Taking him back [after the incident at Bayern Munich] showed desperation. Mancini made a rod for his own back. In terms of prestige as a manager, he let himself down."


"I agreed a deal to bring him to Old Trafford. 'We're getting £25 million for Beckham, and we're getting Ronaldinho for £19m. For God's sake, wake up. It was a steal."


"I tried so hard to get Paolo di Canio. The deal was all done. We had to make an offer that he had accepted, but then he came back saying he wanted more. We couldn't agree to the new demand."


"'I'd rather shoot you than sell you to that guy [former Real president Ramon Calderón].'"


"There was a magazine that took him to America to interview P Diddy. 'Give me a break Rio,' I said. 'Is he going to make you a better centre-half?'"


"He had no confidence whatsoever... Didn't show nearly enough determination to overcome his physical difficulties, for my liking."

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