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Sir Alex Ferguson: 10 videos and quotes that perfectly sum up the Man Utd legend

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Happy birthday, Sir Alex Ferguson! The legendary Manchester United manager is 74 today, and having retired in 2013, he now has the time to reflect on a pretty successful career.

Ferguson guided the Red Devils to 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League wins, five FA Cups and four League Cups during his time in charge - and the Scot was instrumental in helping the club become the financial and cultural juggernaut it is now.

There have of course been numerous glowing tributes about Ferguson penned for today, so here at GiveMeSport we thought we'd do something slightly different.

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We combed through quite literally some YouTube videos to pick out the best few that sum up the Manchester United legend - and not just his furious, angry, spitting side.

We've tried to bring you the best of all the man - his sense of humour, his private life and...oh alright then, his near-constant rage.

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After all, there's not much for Manchester United fans to cheer about in the post-Fergie era, and with 2016 approaching, the Old Trafford faithful deserve something to make them smile, right? Right?

As a cheeky added bonus we've also thrown in a few very special quotes by Ferguson that sum up the man himself . Enjoy.

Last game

We start at the end, and Fergie's emotional speech after his last game at Old Trafford. I mean, it ruins it a little bit that he helped install David Moyes as his replacement, but still - it's pretty emotional.

"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." - Ferguson on City's infamous 'Welcome to Manchester' poster

One night in Barcelona

Alex Ferguson and Peter Schmeichel

Perhaps Fergie's finest achievement during his illustrious career; the 1999 Champions League final. This little gem appeared on YouTube a few years ago and shows a strangely subdued changing room after the Red Devils had come back from oblivion to beat Bayern Munich. 

"I'm going to tell you the story about the geese which fly 5,000 miles from Canada to France. They fly in V-formation but the second ones don't fly. They're the subs for the first ones. And then the second ones take over - so it's teamwork." - Sir Alex Ferguson

Teamwork makes the dream work

Ferguson has released a couple of autobiographies in his time as well as a book on how to be a manager, so there's plenty of information out there about what drives him to succeed. 

However this one video seems to sum up his approach quite nicely. Addressing a group of Manchester United youngsters, including a 12-year-old Danny Welbeck, Fergie is strangely intense when discussing death and team-work, but pulls it back round with a haircut gag at the end. Textbook stuff.

"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." - Ferguson on Ryan Giggs.

Bubble burst

This probably has to be his finest moment as Manchester United boss. Yes, we're talking about the time Mike Phelan burst a balloon and almost gave him a heart attack. This is so, so good.

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

Red-faced Fergie

Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League

There are, of course, plenty of videos out there of Fergie going, for want of a better phrase, bat**** crazy - that was just his way of doing things - but we like this one of him tearing Jonny Evans a new one. 

Everything from his choice of colourful language to the classical music that sets off the moment wonderfully makes it just superb. It's a wonder that the defender lasted so long at Old Trafford really.

"It was the most emphatic display of selflessness I have seen on a football field. Pounding over every blade of grass, competing if he would rather die of exhaustion than lose, he inspired all around him. I felt such an honour to be associated with such a player." - Ferguson on Roy Keane's performance against Juventus in 1999

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