Happy Birthday, Sir Alex!
Happy Birthday, Sir Alex!
Sir Alex Ferguson released his new autobiography on Tuesday, and Fergie was quick to criticize several of his former star pupils at Manchester United, most notably David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane.
While Beckham was chided for his celebrity status, and van Nistelrooy and Rooney for their unhappiness (you can read more excerpts from Fergie’s book here), Keane was predictably blasted for his temper.
According to Fergie’s book, Keane once “slaughtered” several of United’s senior players in an unreleased interview with the club’s in-house TV station MUTV, which angered Ferguson:
"It was frightening to watch. And I’m from Glasgow," Ferguson says. "He has the most savage tongue you can imagine."
Luckily for us, hours after the book was released Keane was scheduled to join ITV’s Champions League coverage, giving the former midfield hothead a perfect platform to respond to Ferguson’s criticisms.
We’ll let you watch Keane’s full reaction below, but undoubtedly the haymaker of his rant must be when he claims that Ferguson doesn’t know the meaning of the word “loyalty.”
(Video H/T: Pies)
As if getting your own stand and statue at Old Trafford isn’t enough to remind people of your greatness, Sir Alex Ferguson has now also been honored with his very own road.
Dubbed “Sir Alex Ferguson Way,” the road lies adjacent to OT and should help identify the Manchester United coaching legend to those who have been living under a rock for, well, the past quarter of a century.
Before unveiling the sign, Ferguson said:
It’s a privilege and an honor to have a road named after me. You don’t expect these things in life. It encapsulates probably the last 26 years - coming to the great club, the history of it. It’s been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign: Sir Alex Ferguson Way.
I’m really proud of that and I’m proud of everyone who has been associated with the club.
I’d like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge I accepted. And we are where we are now.
The 71-year-old Scot was also awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony on Monday. The Honorary Freedom is the highest honor that the council can bestow, recognizing outstanding contribution to services in the borough. It has only been awarded two other times.
Apparently, winning 38 trophies in 26 years counts as “outstanding contributions.” Tough to argue that.
Sir Alex is the second United legend to have a road named after him, following Sir Matt Busby, one of his coaching predecessors. Sources speculate that, at this point, it is unlikely for current manager David Moyes to also get a road of his own one day.
Instead, Moyes will have just one more thing to remind him how impossible his task is of filling Sir Alex’s ginormous shoes.
H/T The Guardian
Well come on, who didn’t see this coming?
Someone at The Hawthorns on Sunday supposedly recovered Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever piece of gum chewed as Manchester United manager. Of course, it quickly found its way onto ebay, where the gum sold overnight for nearly $640,000.
We’re a little disturbed by how many people fought over this piece of dry, yet saliva-infused, memorabilia, nor can we even be sure of its authenticity. But apparently all proceeds go to charity, so that’s nice.
The listing read as follows:
Used chewing gum: RARE. Recovered from The Hawthorns. Clear perspex/wooden case.
Unofficial merchandise, rumoured to belong to Sir Alex.
After 1,500 games of intense chewing as manager of Man Utd, here lies Fegie’s last piece of chewing gum.
All proceeds go to the MU Foundation charity.
Chicken, bloody hell.
"Fergie Time" is a well-known concept in the soccer world, and when the Manchester United legend announced his retirement on Tuesday, tributes came rushing in from across the globe.
To honor Ferguson’s 26-year reign at United, Nando’s, a restaurant chain known for its succulent chicken, will stay open in nine Manchester locations for an additional five minutes, and be dubbed “Nando’s Fergie Time.”
From Nando’s website:
So, after 26 years in charge, Sir Alex Ferguson is finally calling it a day at Manchester United. Now he can spend time enjoying the finer things in life – golf, extended holidays, and helpings of PERi-PERi chicken.
And what better way to celebrate the legend that is Sir Alex, by keeping our Manchester restaurants open for an extra five minutes this evening. We’re calling it #NandosFergieTime.
We’re wondering if the man himself will spot by for a quick bite.
As news of Fergie’s retirement spread this morning, everyone had something to say about the legendary manager.
After Sir Alex Ferguson officially announced his retirement at the end of the season, everyone, depending on if you are a United fan or not, was thinking one of two things:
Non-United fans: “FINALLY!! WE HAVE A CHANCE NOW!”
United fans: “Who on God’s green earth is going to replace the legend?!”
A hologram of Sir Alex would probably be United fans’ top choice, but since that is kind of tricky to pull off, check out our top candidates to take over at Manchester United.
This is a gem: Sir Alex and some Manchester United players took part in a good old fashioned game of charades for the MUTV channel, and Fergie seemed to get pretty frustrated with his teammates.
Being tasked with acting out Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal, Ferguson’s flailing hand gestures stumped his teammates far longer than it should have, prompting the legend manager to drop an F-bomb out of frustration! Much to the enjoyment of Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney on the opposing team.