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Fergie addicted to Man United

2011-05-20 10:27

Manchester - Sir Alex Ferguson admits that his addiction to Manchester United and football will keep him from slipping quietly into retirement.

Ferguson, who steered United to a record 19th league title last weekend and whose side tackle Barcelona in the Champions League final next weekend, fears stepping off the treadmill.

"I have no plans to retire, I must say that and (my wife) Cathy is delighted. She would have thrown me out, " he told MUTV.

"The salient point is that whilst my health is good, carry on. You hear many stories of people who come off the treadmill and their system breaks down. I don't want that happening to me."

Ferguson, whose team bring the curtain down on their league season at home to Blackpool on Sunday, believes United have been unfairly criticised this campaign.

"If we are not scoring 10 goals every game, we have our critics. The expectation is high. But it is high from us too, and the fans. They want to see their best," he added.

"Yes, you could criticise a lot of our away performances. They have been disappointing. But our home form has been fantastic. We have scored more goals than anyone else. It is hard to criticise that kind of form."

United also have the Champions League final to look forward to with Ferguson aiming to lift the trophy for a third time in his career following a late, late victory against Bayern Munich in 1999 and the 2008 triumph over Chelsea via a penalty shootout.

He admits he already has an idea of his side to face Barcelona on May 28 at Wembley.

Ferguson said: "We have the nucleus of a team in place. There are others that deserve a place. But we can only pick 11. That is the horrible part of being a manager. It is absolute agony.

"It is something you don't relish at all. I have to pick a team and I have to leave some very good players out.

"Hopefully those who have all played a part in the European campaign will feel satisfaction at the end of the night and we win the cup."

AFP

Comments
  • Lennox - 2011-05-20 10:57

    Fergie, average player, brilliant manager, the best I've witnessed and not only in Britain.....compared to Maradonna, brilliant player, poor manager. I can't imagine him staying at home very soon, his life is football, will we ever see the likes of him again? PS; I am a LP & Barca supporter, but believe in giving credit where it is due.

      Paul - 2011-05-20 11:36

      well said

      TAZD - 2011-05-20 12:06

      Well said ,, Impressive comin from a LP & Barca supporter

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-05-20 11:03

    well played fergie

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-20 11:24

    A good addiction indeed....19 times !!!

  • clark - 2011-05-20 11:38

    - The only thing old red nose is addicted to is his own self importance.

      Winston - 2011-05-20 15:01

      PLEASE!!!!! spoken like a true pratt!

      clark - 2011-05-21 12:16

      - Some of their best players were forced to leave the club, only because their fame was a threat to old red noses ego and self importance - Beckham,van NIstleroy, Jap Stam - the list goes on.

  • Bob - 2011-05-20 11:39

    Ah everybody getting carried away with the his success, how long has been at that dung heap, feels like 50 years, compare his record to Paisley at the home of football, see what that great man achieved in a fraction of the time blue nose has been there, Nigel Clough was, in my opinion, one of the greatest managers of all time, and he achieved that with has been players and a sprinkling of young average players, yes blue nose has achieved well, but don't lets go overboard, big club, big money etc.

      Harold - 2011-05-20 11:46

      @ Scum Bob. You know *%#R$all about football. Were you referring to Brian Clough? Spend some time with Lennox. He will teach some humility and football if you are attentive. You also seem to be addicted to the champ19ns. Thats why you can't stay away from our forums.

      TAZD - 2011-05-20 12:04

      No Doubt bout Paisley & Nigel Clough ,, But give Credit to Fergie as well he's an awesome Manager

      Kubes - 2011-05-20 12:41

      Scum Bob, You are a Doos . Harold is right, you know fck all bout footi. Brian Clough is the correct name in terms of being a great manager, he won European cup with Nottinham Forest, Nigel Clough played for Loserpool and managed derby County. I am a Arsenal Supporter, but no one can dispute, Fergie is probably the greatest football manager of all time.

      Deon - 2011-05-20 13:17

      Bob you must be the most Sour person on this planet. Give credit where credit is due. Bob Paisley was good no doub about that. During Sir Alex's United tenure, he’s won as many major trophies (36) as the esteemed Bob Paisley (18), Brian Clough (10) and Bill Shankly (8) did over the course of their combined managerial careers.

      Deon - 2011-05-20 13:20

      Bob do yourself a favour and go look at this site http://www.transferleague.co.uk/, look closely how much money United have spent on Players since the inception of the Premier League and look at Liverpools spending. You'll be quite shocked!!

      Albo - 2011-05-20 13:34

      C`mon guys, Bob is just scraping the barrell trying to find insults now that UTD have the record. Sorry Bob but it must suck to be you!!

      Bob - 2011-05-20 13:57

      Sorry guys, little mistake by me, of course it was Brian Clough, Harold whats this "our forums" you sound like a school kid, please guys don't be so touchy cos I call him blue nose, he has got a blue nose, regarding my knowledge on footie, I guess it's a bit more than most of you guys, I was brought up in the region of the successful teams, ie Liverpool and Utd, perhaps some of you guys should be supporting your local teams instead of thumb sucking an English team to follow, I actually lived in Liverpool, hence my allegiance to them, whats your reasons, cos you like the name or what.

      Winston - 2011-05-20 15:08

      Ag, BOB! Football today is much toucher and more professional than all those years ago, remember that! But, ja, spoken like a true Livertool supportererer... Maybe tell 'Tool owners to build a new stadium or upgrade Anfield, otherwise you scousers will be left behind im afraid! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL!

      Winston - 2011-05-20 15:11

      @ BOB. But I DO support my local team. AMAKHOZI! Thats Kaizer Chiefs, for the record!

      Bob - 2011-05-20 15:27

      Winston, good to see you support a local team, sorry mate I don't agree with you on the much more professional game nowadays, yes the players are probably fitter, not sure what you mean by toucher, surely not tougher, the game was 10 x tougher in those days, anyway good with your chiefs team, I certainly wouldn't challenge you on the local soccer I'm sure your knowledge on that would leave me, well, looking like Harold and a few others on here, clueless.

      Kubes - 2011-05-20 15:31

      Ja Bob, hope SABC got some lekker programs on TV at 20:00PM onwards on Tuesdays and Wednesdays next season. Rest of us will be watching champs league.

      Deon - 2011-05-20 18:57

      "You can support whoever you choose to as long as you support them with gusto". Thats what my great Uncle told my dad 65 yrs ago when he starting supporting United. My great Uncle was a Liverpool captain. Ever since then my entire family has lived, breathed and slept United.

  • tdebwe - 2011-05-20 11:39

    Fergie is absolutely a Fantastic Manager,With the average players that he has ,but he conquer Europe. Trueman Debwe

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