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Juventus Tribute To Sir Alex

Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to end his 26 year spell at the helm in Manchester, Juventus Football Club recalls the words of admiration spoken by the great man about the Bianconeri.

“Juventus were an example for my Manchester United. I had my players watch videos of Lippi’s team and would say, ‘Don’t look at the tactics or technique, we have that too, you need to learn to have that desire to win.’”

This quote provides Juve fans everywhere with a great sense of pride, not just because of the kind words, but also the fact that they all came from Sir Alex Ferguson, a true colossus of sport, not just of football or the Red Devils.

Although the Scotsman is principally known for his exploits in the Old Trafford dugout, he also enjoyed a successful playing career as a free-scoring striker, starting with Glasgow’s Queen’s Park in 1957. Sir Alex went on to enjoy great success at various other Scottish clubs such as St. Johnstone, Dunfermline, Rangers, Falkirk and Ayr United as he registered 170 goals in just 317 matches.

Before taking on the blockbuster job of Manchester United coach, Ferguson was already able to boast 12 years of managerial experience around his native Scotland, featuring spells with East Stirling, St. Mirren, Aberdeen and the Scottish national side.

Sir Alex moved to England in 1986 to take over from Ron Atkinson as manager of the Red Devils, with whom he would go on to achieve 24 major trophy successes: 13 Premier League, five FA Cup, four League Cup and two Champions League. These amazing statistics clearly demonstrate how successfully Ferguson managed to instill the aforementioned “desire to win” into his players as he guided them to the very pinnacle of the world game.

Earlier this morning, at the age of 71 and with two fixtures remaining in the Premier League season, the Scotsman finally decided to call time on his glorious 26 year reign at Old Trafford.

There have been many memorable clashes between Juventus and Manchester United over the years and it will be extremely strange not to see him on the touchline directing his troops when the two sides next meet. Thank you for the fond memories Sir Alex, it’s been an honour to share the pitch with you.

All associated with Juventus Football Club wish Sir Alex Ferguson the best of luck in the future.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Red In Taipei says:

    Not Fergie forever. I’ve got to pull meself together!

  2. Andromeda says:

    Please ladies and gentlemen accept Moyes and stop all those prejudices, he might stay here for a long long time and bring some new dimension to the club and with Fergie’s advice on the board he can surely bring success..or he might be a temporary solution, which I doubt because the way he managed Everton tells you exactly why in desperate need for someone respecting the structure of the club, moreover we need someone with prospering longevity and one who works for the entire club, I wish no one compare his lack of trophy at Everton or his lack European experience as utter negativity taking into consideration how his ex club spent in the market…for me and many faithful fans I see his work ethics and determination for the job can be the savior for post Fergie era..Moyes is a mosaic presence between the classic and modernity and that is exactly what we need at this moment, he cares about the youth development and finding talent among them, few managers in the world can do what he did at Everton…I am not here to say we will all see the some glorious years under his belt but he is the right man to bring stability, every club need that after a big manager quit.we are entering new stages and perhaps we will see something different regarding tactics or other details but the overall architect won’t be erased and in my opinion that is the kernel behind his appointment, he has enough premier league experience to keep us on if thats the case, farewell and thank you Fergie xx

    welcome Moyes.

  3. ys says:

    I am planning to go to Manchester just for the parade on Monday
    Is it worth , will SAF be there ? How is the experience ? Will it be too overcrowded to see anything ?

    I need to book the train tickets

  4. wayne says:

    Dannysoya Rooney put in his transfer request 2 weeks ago.It has nothing to do with Moyes

  5. Sushi says:

    Rooney wants out?? what happened to United lacking ambition eh wayne? fuck it sell him and be done with it.

  6. Red In Taipei says:


  7. suhayl says:

    Yep, Sky have confirmed that that overweight overhyped overpaid pie eater wants to leave this summer. Twice in 3 seasons he s given us the middle finger. Why are UTD coming out saying hes not for sale, when he clearly wants to leave.

    Bloody ell, one time was bad enough. Do one, piss of, get rid. Flamin whore. Had enough off his shit, grass greener elsewhere??

    Bye Bye then

  8. Sushi says:

    honestly im so sick and tired of making excuses for his poor form and performance. Thanks for your contribution thus far but its clear that you lack that extra requirement that Ronaldo had that turned him into a world class Number 1 player. Dedication and self control, discipline. Ronaldo for instance doesn’t touch alcohol while wayne seems to be increasingly more fond of having pints. If its true that he requested to leave again then I’m for putting him for sale. We get a min 35M and not a penny less if not he can stay in the reserves.

  9. Unitedthoughts1 says:

    Thank you for everything Sir Alex. It’s been a great ride.

    Welcome David and good luck!

    All together now …….

    David Moyes is a red, is a red, is a red ……
    And he hates Scousers!

  10. Proverb says:

    Wayne Rooney changed his twitter bio from Manchester United player to “NikeUk athlete”.

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Morning reds.

    Rumor is: It was Wayne lad who leaked news of Sir Alex retirement. If that’s true, I have no words. How many times has the manager saved this self absorbed toad? Tevez light? Prince Kettle? Oi me.

  12. yaya who @ yahoo says:

    just: THANK YOU, SIR ALEX (note: writing anything else is meaningless)

    no comment on Juventus though, I do not respect them as you others do (too much of those behind-the-scenes games called corruption in them …)

  13. Hans says:

    Sell sell sell Rooney,
    Buy buy buy Falcao and Ronnie!!!

  14. Dazbomber says:

    Please someone explane how picking a manager who has never won anything ,hardly played never mind won in Europe managed Preston and Everton playing mediocre football be good for Manchester United . I went to my first game in 1964 so I’ve seen it all but I did not see this coming.i fear the worse and I am a positive person .

  15. Costas says:

    2 transfer requests in 3 years by Rooney. I’ve always thought that the club is waiting for the right opportunity to sell him and make profit. But the problem is really his head. Doesn’t have the mental strength to become this club’s heart and soul.

    I know I said we should keep him yesterday, but I’d rather we don’t make the mistake the scousers made with Gerrard in 2005. If he stays, his form will probably deteriorate like the latter has in the past 3-4 years. Sell him and bring in a top striker. Because just selling him won’t be enough.

  16. Thereddervil says:

    I told my buddies that statues are unveilled for heroes. Heroes are guys who’ve been there and done that. So it was just a matter of time before Fergie retired.
    I fully support the appointment of Moyes as it shows the Glazers are looking longterm not just a quick fix. I also expect them to afford him time even with no trophies.

  17. slim says:

    it seems Roo asked the Boss to leave. Well that explains his tepid performance these past few months
    Now the Boss is calling time we’d need him more than ever.
    Everyone’s voiced their opinion on the moyes appointment, but it looks like its gonna be him. Not too thrilled my self but these are the cards we’ve been dealt

  18. AlphaRS says:

    After all the support United fans have given Roo and all the snidey comments we took about him holding the club to ransom and then yet again he wants to leave. This time putting in a transfer request?!

    Roo has been underperforming for a long time and never has really fulfilled the potential we thought he had at such a young age.

    But I can sort of understand from his point of view that he is annoyed he is played out of position. Most the time he is given a role to nulify the opposition against the top teams because SAF knows he is a workhorse. Why not play him where he most effective and let someone else do all the water carrier work? Is the point there is nobody to do this job?!

  19. Norman-85 says:

    To Sir Alex: Thanks for everything – Good Luck in your retirement
    To Rooney: Thanks for everything – Good Luck in your retirement!

  20. Bobby Charlton's Combover says:

    Juve – like them but they were caught doping players and have been stripped of titles so not that classy but United have always been on good terms with them.

    Some papers are saying that Moyes first job will be convincing Rooeny to stay. I disagree..he should find him a club and make sure we get a good wad of cash for him. Then buy Fabregas.

  21. lawman10 says:

    to wayne rooney just fuck off, yours displays this seson have been nothing short of a disgrace
    time to move on.
    dont forget he shit on fergie, I have never forgive him for that.

  22. AlphaRS says:

    On the subject of Moyes ask yourselves this question.
    Who is the right man to continue the legacy of SAF or to push United to new levels in Europe?
    Is it Moyes who hasn’t won a game away from home against United, Arsenal, Chelsea, or Liverpool in 44 attempts, who hasn’t won anything ever, who has no Champions League experience, who is still learning about management?

    Gill has said the next United manager “Clearly he has to have the requisite football experience, both in terms of domestic and European experience.” Really does Moyes have this European experience? Everton in the UEFA cup? Never been past the last 16 in any European Competition?

    Everton fans not too bothered he is leaving? What does that tell us?

  23. slim says:

    I’m not finding any these developments easy to swallow. There are so many thoughts and emotions running through my head its difficult to digest..
    One thing i’d like to reiterate thpugh is the hope we get a manager that isn’t interested in playing it safe. The new guy must have his ideas and not sit on SAF’s laurels. It’ll be interesting to see the direction the new manager takes with the squad and the youth set up.

  24. slim says:

    I think we should let Roo be. His heart isn’t with us anymore. (it seems) Thats fine by me. No drama.
    Fuck i’ve just lost (retired not dead)my idol , the last thing i’m worried about is a fat scouser that can be arsed to get motivated to play for United. Good riddance if you ask me

  25. Sam says:

    Whoever comes in, back him. Its simple.

    The board along with other luminaries of the club will be making the decision, along with Sir Alex and it’ll be the biggest decision some of them will make in their lifetime and they won’t take it lightly. If its David Moyes, he’ll be appointed for a reason. We will just have to trust Sir Alex’s judgement one last time – he hasn’t let us down has he? One thing we can say for sure is that the boss will have the clubs’ best interests at heart.

  26. Fibes says:


    I find it arrogant those who think they understand more than Sir Alex what is required in a United manager. This is a unique situation in the modern game, the biggest club in the world changing manager. None of us really truly know the criteria required, nobody but Sir Alex.

    If it is to be Moyes, then we need to back the decision 100%, and back the man himself, regardless of any personal opinion. Everton fans don’t know how good they’ve had it. They’ve been spoilt by consistent top-8 finishes on a relegation budget. It is a club that has CONSISTENTLY overachieved over a decade. Not a couple of years here, or a couple of years there. At a club that has historically sold on it’s best players, a club without the resources to build real strength in depth, Moyes had no right to a top 8 finish. Never mind winning trophies, or dominating European competition.

  27. Sam says:

    Yeah Rooney or any other player leaving pales in comparison to the manager. Different class. Its akin to your pet goldfish dying, the next day after your beloved father. The word Icon is an understatement; still coming to grips with it. Surreal, all this.

  28. slim says:

    Been hearing some nonsese on the interwebs about Moyes appointment being softned if he brings Fellaini along with him. What do we need a new peter crouch for. This guy is not a MF he’s a striker FFS. Sure he’s employed to bully the covering CM as he plays behind the striker. God help us

  29. slim says:


    You can say that again fella. I just don’t believe this is happening now

  30. slim says:

    Bobby Charlton’s Combover

    good shout. i always felt we should have gone for the young spaniard when it became clear he was leaving Arsenal. Knew it wouldn’t happen as he had his heart dead set on joining Barcelona. However he’s been there a while now and its not all rosy. Only problem (or one of them anyway) is how much he’d want to play for Moyes. We may have this problem early on. If the new manager imposes him self then it probably won’t last long. Here’s hoping. God, i’m depressed

  31. Viva United says:

    Gutted about rooney leaving he is a big part of united you won’t realise till he’s gone how important he is. Just hope ronaldo comes back etc.

  32. Andromeda says:

    I am not anti Wayne Rooney or something” love the boy” but I am sort of fed up with all his childish attempt to unsettle the state of the club for the second times in three years, its totally non professional in my opinion.despite his below par performance this season the manager and the fans has trusted him and he is now repaying us with this loss in confidence…so obviously it s unwise to keep him in the squad if he is unwilling to deliver.moreover this will give an opportunity to the likes of Chicarito and Welbz to prove themselves.any player who is unhappy should be allowed to leave.that is the philosophy.

  33. LT3313 says:

    Nice from Juve, some great matches and players in those games.

    Juve are a great club, they are like United, they don’t complain they just get on with it,

    and they slaughtered the virus *Nedved* legend.


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