I do believe in fate.
I used to have a saying that when a player is at his peak, he feels as though he can climb.
The work of a team should always embrace a great player, but the great player must always work.
I bet him he wouldn’t get 15 league goals and I’m going to have to change my bet with him. If he gets to 15 I can change it and I am allowed to do that because I’m the manager. I’m going to make it 150 now!
That lad must have been born offside.
They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!
I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just floated over the ground like a cockier spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.
The most important thing in a game like that is to win it.
You are responsible to each other because when you win a game of football, you only need eight players to perform well.
It’s a horrible part of the game when you have to tell a player, probably somebody who has helped you win so much that his time is up. You treat them like family, and because they are your family it becomes even more hurting in the sense that you have got to say “well son, I’m sorry, you won’t be a regular here, but you will still have a career elsewhere.’ It’s happened more than a few times but it is not an easy thing to handle.
There has been a lot of expectation on Manchester City and with the spending they have done they have to win something. Sometimes you have a noisy neighbor and have to live with it.
We once went 13 games without winning. There’s always pressure here. Winning is always important here. How do you handle yourself and compose yourself is important.
Liverpool can play for only five minutes and win the game, that is the way they are. They pump the ball into the box and with good set-piece delivery they keep you under pressure.
You start with what you believe in. I believe in building a football club rather than building a football team.
Evolution happens. There’s no football team in the world that has stayed together for time ever more.
Scholes was probably the best English midfielder since Bobby Charlton. He was such a brilliant long passer that he could choose a hair on the head of any team-mate answering the call of nature at our training ground. Gary Neville once thought he had found refuge in a bush, but Scholesy found him from 40 yeards. He inflicted a similar long-range missile strike, once, on Peter Schmeichel, and was chased round the training ground for his impertinence. Scholesy would have made a first class-sniper.
In any normal season, most of the teams below Chelsea would think they are doing quite well.
The philosophy of a lot of European teams, even in home matches, is not to give a goal away.
You have to put all the criticism of this club down to jealousy. United have produced more players who have played for their country, more world-class players and more players who have won European Footballer of the Year than any other team in this country, so we must be doing something right.