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Analysis by Opta Sports of Premier League matches played between 2010 and 2012 found on average that 79 seconds more time was played in matches where Manchester United were losing. A second-round exit from the Champions League at the hands of Milan and a semi-final exit from the League Cup at the hands of eventual winners Chelsea (who also clinched the Premier League title) meant that 2004–05 was a rare instance of a trophyless season for United. Alex is the most up-to-date biography of Sir Alex Ferguson, the most decorated manager in British football history. I guess someone thought, oh hey look, Michael Mann is making a Ferrari movie, so we need to make a Lamborghini movie instead! He did not speak to her for six weeks, confiscated her keys and communicated only through a 17-year-old assistant.

For many years none of the tour matches were recognised by the Scottish Football Association as full internationals, and so Ferguson was deemed to have never played for Scotland. Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson CBE (born 31 December 1941) is a Scottish former football manager and player, best known for managing Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. Although Ferguson remained at Aberdeen over the summer, he did eventually join Manchester United when Atkinson was sacked in November 1986. Sheringham, who came on for Blomqvist, equalised from a corner in the first minute of additional time. In later years, Ferguson elaborated on the club's decision: "We did it to help England's World Cup bid.Two weeks later, he won his 100th game in the Champions League with a 1–0 win over Galatasaray at Old Trafford. This was a greater figure than for other top clubs, although most of these clubs seem to benefit from a "Fergie Time" effect, particularly in their home matches. Ferguson lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and was married to his wife, Cathy ( née Holding) from 1966 until her death in October 2023. The story of Sir Alex is well trodden territory but sadly this book is not a great entry into the library. United failed to retain the Champions League, as they lost in the quarter-final stage to eventual winners Real Madrid.

Although the team had a slow start to the 2008–09 season, [180] United won the Premier League with a game to spare, [181] making Ferguson the first manager in the history of English football to win the top division three times consecutively, on two separate occasions.Ferguson told journalist Jim Rodger of the Daily Mirror that he had asked at least one member of the squad to go to Aberdeen with him. This was enough for Manchester bookmaker Fred Done to pay out on punters who backed the champions retaining their title. Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer said, "His determination to succeed and dedication to the club have been truly remarkable.

Dunfermline signed him the following summer (1964), and Ferguson became a full-time professional footballer.Tributes also came from Ferguson's players, both past and present, [156] as well as his old foe, Arsène Wenger. According to Willie Miller, this gave them the confidence to believe that they could go on to win the competition, [56] which they did, with a 2–1 victory over Real Madrid in the final on 11 May 1983. He ended the following season by winning his 12th and Manchester United's 19th league title and thus overtaking Liverpool's record of 18. Keane headed in a Beckham cross to halve the deficit just before half-time, but was later shown a yellow card for a foul on Edgar Davids, which prevented him from playing in the final.

The 2002–03 season began rather poorly for United; the club made their worst start to a league campaign in 13 years. He also made two major signings – goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and defender Paul Parker – to bolster his side. On 16 February 2008, United beat Arsenal 4–0 in an FA Cup fifth round match at Old Trafford, [170] but were knocked out by eventual winners Portsmouth in the quarter-final on 8 March, losing 1–0 at home. There were newspaper reports that Ferguson was also going to sign highly rated 21-year-old striker Chris Sutton from Norwich City, but the player headed for Blackburn instead.

A crowd of over 500,000 people turned out on the streets of Manchester to greet the players, who paraded through the city in an open-top bus. Written like someone had been assigned a summer essay where they had to meet a certain number of words. In a televised outburst after his team's win against Leeds, Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan responded angrily to Ferguson's comments: "We're still fighting for this title, and he's got to go to Middlesbrough . The phrase "squeaky-bum time" coined by Ferguson in reference to the tense final stages of a league competition has been included in the Collins English Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary. On 5 April 2003, Ferguson claimed that the Champions League draw was fixed in favour of Spanish and Italian teams.

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