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Talking Points From Alex Ferguson's Autobiography

  • Guardian, Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:22 PM

Alex Ferguson’s autobiography "Managing My Life: the Autobiography" is officially out, which means ex-Manchester United boss's view on a host of subjects from Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jose Mourinho, and Wayne Rooney are now public knowledge. Several pubs have covered the book’s release on Tuesday, but the Guardian has a nice synopsis of some of its biggest talking points.

For instance, Fergie paints a picture of ex-United captain Roy Keane as an “erratic and terrifying figure” who was even capable of frightening him, according to the Guardian. Their fallout is well-documented, but in the book, Fergie reveals how it all ended in a fiery confrontation between the Irishman, himself, and several of United’s biggest stars, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Edwin van der Sar.

On Jose Mourinho, Fergie reveals a certain warmth for the Portuguese, as he said he likes younger people “with a bit of devil in them,” and he smiled to himself at the way the Chelsea coach announced himself to the Premier League as the "Special One." Their postgame glass of wine tradition started when Mourinho’s FC Porto dumped United out of the UEFA Champions League in 2003-04.

One of Ferguson’s biggest regrets, he says, is the breakdown of his relationship with Beckham. The 71-year-old says he decided to sell Beckham to Real Madrid because his celebrity was becoming his main focus, instead of soccer. He had wanted Beckham to become a Manchester United legend, but when Beckham allowed the wound he suffered after Fergie kicked a cleat at him be photographed, he knew it was time to sell him.

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