With legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hanging up his hairdryer at the end of the season, it's worth casting our teary eyes back over a selection of sayings by the Premier League's longest-serving manager.

After completing an unprecedented trophy treble, beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 26th 1999."I can't believe it. I can't believe it. Football. Bloody hell."

During the climax of the 2002/03 league title race between Arsenal and United."It's getting tickly now - squeaky-bum time, I call it."

On Arsenal manager and perpetual rival Arsene Wenger in 1996."They say he's an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages. I've got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!"

On Jose Mourinho, who is said to be a great admirer of Ferguson."He was certainly full of it, calling me 'Boss' and 'Big man' when we had our post-match drink after the first leg. But it would help if his greetings were accompanied by a decent glass of wine. What he gave me was paint-stripper."

On Dennis Wise, now Chelsea's second most successful captain."He could start a row in an empty house."

Explaining how he kicked a boot in the United dressing room that hit David Beckham in the face amid an infamous 'hairdryer' rant."It was a freakish incident. If I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn't happen again. If I could I would have carried on playing!"

On Ryan Giggs, the most decorated ever player in English football."I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind."

On Paul Ince, one of many modern managers inspired by Fergie."I used to have a saying that when a player is at his peak, he feels as though he can climb Everest in his slippers. That's what he was like.

Before playing Inter Milan in the 1999 Champions League campaign."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."

On Filippo Inzaghi, a former San Siro striker playing for AC Milan."That lad must have been born offside."

 

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