Five headlines from Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography

The autobiography of legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was released on Tuesday, writes the Daily Telegraph and it contained some major revelations about the Scot’s relationship with his own players, and his rivals. Here are some of the biggest headlines of the book:

Keane was ‘intimidating and ferocious’

Former captain Roy Keane, who spent 12 successful years with the club, came in for the most criticism from Ferguson. It has been revealed that the decision was taken to allow Keane to leave after an interview in which he ‘slaughtered’ his Man Utd teammates, and then suggested they watch his comments, which were made to MUTV.

Also describing confrontations between Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ferguson adds that the Irishman ‘thought he was Peter Pan’, and that the war of words between the duo has continued since Keane left Old Trafford in 2005.

Beckham ‘thought he was bigger than Ferguson’

The reason for David Beckham’s 2003 departure to Real Madrid was because he ‘thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson’, the Glaswegian states. The move to Spain came months after Beckham had been struck by a boot kicked by Ferguson in the aftermath of an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Ferguson, who blamed Beckham’s status as a celebrity for a change in his attitude, also said that had he stayed, he would have become a ‘Man Utd great’.

2004 Arsenal victory ‘scrambled Wenger’s brain’

Writing about the occasion when he and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger squared up on the touchline following Man Utd’s 2-0 win in October 2004, Ferguson says that the result ‘scrambled Arsene’s brain’, and led to the breakdown of their relationship until 2009. According to Ferguson, Wenger’s fists were clenched as the two managers argued.

Gerrard ‘was not a top player’

Although he considered signing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the summer of 2005 when Gerrard’s future was uncertain, Ferguson states that it was ‘nonsense’ to suggest that either he or Chelsea’s Frank Lampard were better players than Paul Scholes. He also said that the ‘bravado’ of Gerrard and Lampard has prevented Michael Carrick from earning more England caps.

Benitez criticised for ‘making it personal’

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has been criticised by Ferguson for playing ‘unimaginative football’, while his attitude has been described as a ’huge mistake’ when he was in charge at Anfield. And the Scot also questioned Benitez’s managerial record, despite the Spaniard having won two Spanish titles, the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and the Europa League.

Ferguson, 71, who retired in May, also claimed that the ‘facts’ that Benitez read out concerning him in January 2009, were wrong. On Liverpool’s current state, the former Scotland caretaker-boss believes that the Reds are still eight players short of a squad capable of winning the title.

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