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Sir Bobby Charlton says Sir Alex Ferguson will carry on at Manchester United "forever"

Fergie's time will never end: United legend Charlton backs Ferguson to 'go on for ever'

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

14:25 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:06 GMT, 10 April 2013

Sir Bobby Charlton fired an ominous warning to Manchester United’s main title rivals by insisting Sir Alex Ferguson looks like he will ‘go on forever.’

The United manager is closing in on his 13th Barclays Premier League crown at the ripe old age of 71, but any thoughts of bowing out after avenging last season’s late surrender to bitter rivals Manchester City could not be further from his mind, according to Sir Bobby.

‘There is nothing in his posture that suggests he is beginning to tire,’ said the United director. ‘Far from being tired, he has the same enthusiasm as ever. He is an unbelievable character, and I don’t see him ever losing that drive and enthusiasm.

Carry on, Fergie: Sir Bobby Charlton says Sir Alex Ferguson will go on for ever at Manchester United

Carry on, Fergie: Sir Bobby Charlton says Sir Alex Ferguson will go on for ever at Manchester United

‘He tried to retire once, and it was an absolute failure. Everyone wants to know the answer to that, because he can’t go on for ever. But I look at him and think that’s exactly what he will do.

‘He is a fantastic lover of football, and he is very clever when it comes to identifying a player he wants and coming to the board about it. He knows exactly what to do in those situations, and, to be fair, we try to give him exactly what he wants.

‘We haven’t got many directors at Old
Trafford, and we adopt the view that we need good players to be a top
team and that the manager is the best person to decide on who they
should be.

United heroes: Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law get together at Soccerex in Manchester

United heroes: Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law get together at Soccerex in Manchester

'We look after the business side of things, Alex the football side, and we give him what he wants. We leave pretty much everything to Alex, in a football sense.

‘The rivalry with City, and the way they have re-emerged, has probably provided him with an extra incentive. He just hates losing, no matter who the opposition are, and the defeat on Monday night will have hurt him.

'But the great thing is, he will pinpoint exactly why we lost and make sure it doesn’t happen again.’

Class of 68: Charlton exchanges shirts with former Benfica and Portugal legend Eusebio

Class of 68: Charlton exchanges shirts with former Benfica and Portugal legend Eusebio

A World Cup winner in 1966, Sir Bobby despairs of England ever lifting the trophy again.

‘When I’m asked about our prospects, I always feel obliged to say we’ve got a chance, but really it’s a fool’s errand,’ he said. ‘If so many places in Premier League teams are taken up by foreign players, we’ve got no chance.

‘Spain are absolutely my favourites for the finals in Brazil. Heaven forbid, but Germany are in with a chance as well, because they are so well coached, and Holland seem to be re-emerging as well.’

Manchester United v Real Madrid tickets on sale for 1,000 each

Psst… want to get into Old Trafford tonight to see the big match, well it'll cost you 1,000 each

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

10:31 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:18 GMT, 5 March 2013

It is the match 'the world will stop' to watch, according to Jose Mourinho.

And it seems some fans are prepared to pay 'silly money' to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid tonight.

Although official ticket exchange sites such as viagogo.com are showing no availability, other websites like ticket4football.com have set prices of up to 1,000 each for premium seats for tonight's clash between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Old Trafford.

Some fans have offered to sell spare tickets for up to 750 to watch the latest showdown between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, who marked his first visit to Old Trafford with a Champions League victory for Porto and a memorable celebratory dash down the touchline.

Main event: More than 75,000 fans will pack into Old Trafford tonight for Champions League clash

Main event: More than 75,000 fans will pack into Old Trafford tonight for Champions League clash

And the price is expected to go up as fans descend on Old Trafford for the match.

One ticket agent based near the ground, who asked not to be named, said: 'Tickets are going for silly
money, thousands in fact.'

Sportsmail has learned that Madrid fans wanting to see the Special One repeat that feat tonight after the 1-1 draw in the first leg can also expect to pay 800 on the black market.

And that is before the crowds start to gather on Sir Matt Busby Way and ticketless fans try their luck with touts as kick-off approaches.

Although Manchester Police have managed a number of successful convictions for ticket touting operations at United home games in recent years, illegal touts are still expected to flood the streets around the stadium tonight.

A scarf seller is seen outside Old Trafford

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Supply and demand: Tickets for big games are being sold for more than 1,000

One New York Times reporter claimed he saw an exchange yesterday in which touts were charging 500 to 600 for seats for a game which is supposed to be a sell-out.

That was after the press conference at Old Trafford in which Madrid boss Mourinho said 'the world would stop' to watch the encounter between two of the biggest teams on the planet.

And Ferguson added: 'As European nights go you don't get much bigger. We're talking about two clubs with great history. It's set up to be potentially a marvellous game and I don't think it will disappoint either.'

And at 1,000 quid a ticket, it better not.

Sir Alex Ferguson: Man United boss still affected by the Munich disaster

Liverpool put aside rivalry with poster tribute to Munich victims as Fergie reveals his 'hurt' on 55th anniversary of disaster

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

08:22 GMT, 6 February 2013

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UPDATED:

10:08 GMT, 6 February 2013

Manchester United boss Sir Alex
Ferguson has revealed how he is still affected by the Munich air crash,
55 years on from the disaster.

It comes as rivals Liverpool posted a heart-warming poster on their Facebook page paying tribute to the victims.

Accompanied by a graphic design of the famous Munich clock and a Liverpool shirt, the poster carries the words: 'We all remember. We won't forget. May their soul rest in peace, by the grace of God. You'll never walk alone.'

Tribute: Liverpool posted this picture on their Facebook page

Tribute: Liverpool posted this picture on their Facebook page

Ferguson was 16-year-old striker at Queen's Park when eight players and 15 staff and journalists died as a result of a failed take-off on a slush-covered runway.

The 'Busby Babes', named after manager Sir Matt Busby, were returning from a
European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
when the plane crashed on February 6, 1958.

'I've been affected since a young boy. It was a sad time,' Ferguson, 71, told BBC Sport. 'For many it's probably long forgotten but for someone like me who remembers the day, you won't forget it.'

A minute's silence will be observed at Wednesday's friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley to mark the Munich anniversary as well as victims of the recent nightclub fire in Brazil and the 20th anniversary of the death of World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore on February 26.

Gone but not forgotten: Memory of Munich victims lives on at Old Trafford

Gone but not forgotten: Memory of Munich victims lives on at Old Trafford

Tragic: The snowy-covered runway in Munich

Crash scene: The snowy-covered runway in Munich

Ferguson paid tribute to those who helped rebuild the club, which went on to win the European Cup 10 years later.

'How we rose to get over that is remarkable in terms of [manager] Sir Matt [Busby] and [assistant manager/temporary manager] Jimmy Murphy and all the staff at the time,' he said.

'It was a fantastic group of young men who were destined to be great and that was the tragedy of it in how it was taken away from them.'

Tribute: Sir Alex Ferguson lays a wreath in memory of the 23 victims of the Munich Air Disaster before the Manchester derby

Tribute: Sir Alex Ferguson lays a wreath in memory of the 23 victims of the Munich Air Disaster before the Manchester derby

The Munich clock stopped at 3.04pm is pictured at Old Trafford

Memorial: The Munich clock stopped at 3.04pm, the time of the crash

And Ferguson says the event is one that should not be forgotten.

'When you were caught up in the aftermath of it and the publicity, and when the papers detailed what had happened, you couldn't help but feel that enormous loss for anyone football-minded,' he added.

'That has carried on for a long, long time and every year you have to remember that.'

Manchester United won eight Premier League matches from losing positions

Comeback Kings! Fergie's table toppers have won EIGHT matches from losing positions in charge for the title

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11:41 GMT, 27 December 2012

Sir Matt Busby’s attacking ethos has long been a tradition at Old Trafford, much like the rain and good music. ‘Just go out and play,’ he told his team.

But never more than during this season has that mentality been so captivatingly exhibited. Nine times Manchester United have gone behind in the Barclays Premier League. Eight times they have subsequently tasted victory.

It is a remarkable run which has earned Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 24 points from losing positions.

Perilous defending has time and again been seen and raised by United’s swashbuckling attack.

Yesterday’s 4-3 win over Newcastle was the latest example and means at halfway United, despite conceding 28 goals (more than in entire title-winning campaigns of seasons past), sit seven points clear at the top. Here, Sportsmail details all those comeback wins.

Saviour: United celebrate Hernandez's injury-time winner against Newcastle

Saviour: United celebrate Hernandez's injury-time winner against Newcastle

August 25 United 3-2 Fulham

Damien Duff took advantage of slack marking to turn Bryan Ruiz’s clever free-kick past David De Gea to give Fulham a third-minute lead. But Robin van Persie showed his class on his first United start by turning Patrice Evra’s cross beyond Mark Schwarzer in brilliant fashion on the volley. Shinji Kagawa and Rafael put United in front by halftime before a Nemanja Vidic own goal led to nervy late scenes.

New boy: Summer signing Kagawa scores past Schwarzer

New boy: Summer signing Kagawa scores past Schwarzer

September 2 Southampton 2-3 United

A stunning late blitz courtesy of United’s flying Dutchman turned a loss into victory in the final three minutes. Van Persie equalised Rickie Lambert’s opener but then missed a penalty by dinking it after Morgan Schneiderlin had headed the hosts back in front. United seemed doomed but an 87th minute leveller and stoppage time winner from the 29-year-old secured a hat-trick and three points.

Late but great: Van Persie rescued United at Southampton with two late goals

Late but great: Van Persie rescued United at Southampton with two late goals

September 23 Liverpool 1-2 United

An ambush at Anfield. United played dreadfully but emerged from the home of their arch rivals with a precious win. Jonjo Shelvey was harshly dismissed for a lunge on Jonny Evans in the first half but Liverpool roused and Steven Gerrard volleyed them in front. Rafael scored a delightful leveller and Van Persie made no mistake from the spot nine minutes from time after a foul on Antonio Valencia.

Van the man: Van Persie converts a penalty as United won 2-1 at Anfield

Van the man: Van Persie converts a penalty as United won 2-1 at Anfield

October 20 United 4-2 Stoke

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick (of sorts) to see off Stoke. The England striker nodded the visitors in front with an own goal on 11 minutes but quickly atoned with a header at the right end to equalise. Van Persie and Danny Welbeck eased United ahead but Michael Kightly again exposed their defensive frailties to make it 3-2. Rooney grabbed his ‘third’ goal of the game to settle flutters.

Comeback: United beat Stoke 4-2 at Old Trafford having trailed through a Rooney own-goal

Comeback: United beat Stoke 4-2 at Old Trafford having trailed through a Rooney own-goal

November 10 Aston Villa 2-3 United

Javier Hernandez produced the alchemy at Villa Park in another gold-standard comeback display. It is the only time United have won after falling behind by two goals. Christian Benteke beasted Chris Smalling and Andreas Weimann netted a brace to send the home crowd delirious. But Little Pea, on as a substitute, turned the game, scoring twice and seeing another shot diverted in by Ron Vlaar.

Chicharito: Hernandez scored two goals at Villa Park as United recovered from 2-0 down

Chicharito: Hernandez scored two goals at Villa Park as United recovered from 2-0 down

November 24 United 3-1 QPR

As United comebacks go, this was a rather mundane affair. In fact, there would have been a surprise if they hadn’t returned Jamie Mackie’s 52nd minute opener with interest. Harry Redknapp watched from the stands as his new side succumbed to a second-half barrage from Evans, Darren Fletcher and Hernandez. It was Fletcher’s first league start in more than a year after serious illness.

Flying Scot: Fletcher scored as United saw off Harry Redknapp's new team QPR

Flying Scot: Fletcher scored as United saw off Harry Redknapp's new team QPR

December 1 Reading 3-4 United

A completely mad evening at the Madejski. Hal Robson-Kanu lit the fuse of a dynamite opening half with a goal in the eighth minute. Just 26 minutes later it was 4-3 to the visitors. Anderson drilled a finish: 1-1. Rooney converted a penalty: 1-2. Adam Le Fondre nodded in: 2-2. Sean Morrison did likewise: 3-2. Rooney got his second: 3-3. Van Persie found a winner: 4-3. The players seemed shell-chocked in the second period and no further craziness followed.

Crazy: United prevailed at the Madejski in a match that saw seven first-half goals

Crazy: United prevailed at the Madejski in a match that saw seven first-half goals

December 26 United 4-3 Newcastle

A Boxing Day bonanza with United plucking another type of comeback from their vast repertoire, this time finding a way to win after falling behind three times. Evans became the second United player to score at both ends in a game by turning in Danny Simpson’s cross after he had equalised James Perch’s opener. Evra, Papiss Cisse and Van Persie scored before Hernandez found another last minute winner.

Little Pea: Hernandez struck an injury-time winner as United beat Newcastle 4-3 on Boxing Day

Little Pea: Hernandez struck an injury-time winner as United beat Newcastle 4-3 on Boxing Day

P.S. Let’s not forget the two games United have let a two goal lead slip only to win late on. It needed resilience of a different kind to strike back from losing comfortable margins at both Chelsea and City and claim all three points on each occasion. Surely vital victories in the final reckoning.

Sir Alex scouts 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay

Sir Alex scouts 15m-rated Benfica defender Garay

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UPDATED:

11:15 GMT, 21 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has sent scouts to watch 15million-rated Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay play for Portuguese club Benfica.

Formerly of Real Madrid, Garay has to be sold by Benfica next summer since they are struggling to pay his wages.

Garay has 11 caps for his country and has also been tracked by Juventus.

Heads up: Sir Alex has sent scouts to watch Garay in recent matches

Heads up: Sir Alex has sent scouts to watch Garay in recent matches

Sir Alex has had to field a patched-up defence this season following Nemanja Vidic's lengthy absence and Rio Ferdinand has also been prone to injury in recent years.

He struggled to land a permanent place under Jose Mourinho, but has been impressive after moving to Portugal.

Real are also entitled to half of whatever fee he is sold for.

Case for the defence: Garay has been in action in the Champions League with Benfica

Case for the defence: Garay (left) has been in action in the Champions League with Benfica

Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

Ferdinand could leave United in 2013 with interest from US and Middle East

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will decide on his football future in the new year.

Ferdinand is expected to be offered a one-year extension to the United contract that runs out in the summer after overcoming back problems to play regularly for the last 18 months.

However, the 34-year-old has interest from the Middle East and America and is attractive to other clubs in the Barclays Premier League as well.

On his way Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

On his way Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United in 2013

Ferdinand has not given any indication about whether he will stay at Old Trafford or continue his career at all, despite United manager Sir Alex Ferguson stating publicly that he hopes he will delay his retirement.

It is understood that the veteran defender wants to see how his body copes with the rigours of the winter programme before making a decision.

Sebastian Coe to be given

Coe to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award following successful Olympics

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 16 December 2012

Sebastian Coe is to be honoured for his achievements on and off the track by being given the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The broadcaster say Lord Coe's recognition comes not only for his efforts in leading the bid to bring, and subsequent successful delivery of, the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London, but also for his career as a middle-distance runner before that.

The 56-year-old, who was last month appointed as the new chairman of the British Olympic Association, won 1500m golds at successive Games in 1980 and 1984.

Starring role: Lord Coe was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to London

Starring role: Lord Coe was instrumental in bringing the Olympics to London

Coe took on the position of chairman of the London 2012 bid team in 2004 and played a key role in securing the vote ahead of a bid from Paris.

A 12-time world record-holder, he retired from the track in 1990 and became a conservative MP for Falmouth and Camborne. In 2002 he was made a Peer, Lord Coe of Ranmore, and was knighted in 2006.

Previous winners of the lifetime achievement award include David Beckham, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and most recently Sir Steve Redgrave.

Iconic: Coe won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow

Iconic: Coe won gold in the 1500m at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow

This year`s ceremony is one of the most eagerly anticipated in history, coming at the end of a memorable year for British sport.

Nicola Adams, Ben Ainslie, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Katherine Grainger, Sir Chris Hoy, Rory McIlroy, Andy Murray, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir and Bradley Wiggins are in the running for the award.

Wiggins, the Tour de France and Olympic time-trial gold medalist, is the current favourite.

Ryan Giggs would buy karaoke machine for Sir Alex Ferguson this Christmas

Sing your heart out, Fergie! Karaoke machine would top Giggs' Christmas list for United boss

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02:49 GMT, 13 December 2012

What do you get for the man who has everything Well, certainly in terms of trophies anyway.

Ryan Giggs says he would buy Sir Alex Ferguson a karaoke machine – if only to keep the Manchester United manager quiet around the club’s Carrington training ground.

Sing up! Giggs would buy Fergie and Karaoke machine

Sing up! Giggs would buy Fergie and Karaoke machine

Sing up! Giggs would buy Fergie and Karaoke machine

‘I’ve done all my Christmas shopping,’
said the United veteran. ‘I’m organised. I’ve done a bit of shopping, a
bit online. Get it out of the way earlier.

‘What would I buy the manager He likes singing around the place, so maybe a karaoke machine for when he gets home … so he’s singing there rather than around the training ground!’

After so long in the game, Giggs is used to being separated from his family at Christmas but admits that not seeing his children Zach and Libby is the most difficult part.

‘Christmas is just something we’re used to,’ he added. ‘I've known nothing different since I was 15. It's tougher when you've got kids. It's difficult knowing you're in a hotel that night but the kids understand. They’re probably too busy to notice I’ve gone.’

Manchester City v Manchester United: European knockout will help Blues – Sir Alex Ferguson

Try keeping your squad happy now, Mancini! Ferguson fires warning at rival following City's European humiliation

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UPDATED:

10:51 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini will have an impossible job keeping his players happy after the defending Barclays Premier League champions crashed out of Europe.

City have one of the biggest – and by far the most expensive – squads in the Premier League.

Ferguson reckons playing fewer games will be an advantage to City in the title race, but believes Mancini will struggle to keep his players happy.

Exit: Manchester City crashed out of Europe this week - but Fergie reckons it will hand them an advantage

Exit: Manchester City crashed out of Europe this week – but Fergie reckons it will hand them an advantage

Sorry, Sir Alex but you're off target

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed rivals Manchester City get a 'lot of penalties' but since the start of the 2010/11 season both City and United have been awarded the same number of spot kicks.

The Manchester clubs have won 21 penalties each, with Chelsea (16) up next and Liverpool and Tottenham (13) rounding out the top four.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, Ferguson said: 'It's an advantage for City. It gives
them a full week to prepare for their League games and obviously they
will be playing less games.

'I think they would rather have European football because any big team wants to play in Europe all the time. From that disappointment though
comes a definite advantage.

'Having said that they have to keep all their
players happy as they have a big squad. That's an encumbrance to them in
terms of picking the right team because everybody will want to play.'

Defeat: United were beaten in midweek by Cluj but their passage to the last 16 had already been secured

Defeat: United were beaten in midweek by Cluj but their passage to the last 16 had already been secured

Ferguson also said City are given
far too many penalties. The champions have been awarded 21 spot-kicks
since the start of the 2010/11 campaign.

'They have scored lots of goals late
in the game and they do get lots of penalties,' Ferguson added. 'If we
got that many penalties there would be an inquiry in the House of
Commons.'

Tom Cleverley will undergo a scan on his calf injury on Friday. The 23-year-old limped out of United's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Cluj on Wednesday, leaving him doubtful for Sunday's clash with City.

Scan: Cleverley limped out of United's defeat against Cluj on Wednesday

Scan: Cleverley limped out of United's defeat against Cluj on Wednesday

Ferguson added: 'Tom Cleverley is having a scan today. It is a calf. We shall see.'

Ferguson also revealed that Shinji Kagawa and Nemanja Vidic, who have both suffered knee injuries, are struggling to be fit in time for the derby match at the Etihad Stadium.

He said: 'I thought Kagawa may have a chance but he is still a bit short. He won't be available until Sunderland next week.

'Nemanja Vidic is certainly doing well in training. It is just his own confidence to play. He will be ready for Sunderland.'

United's defence has come under scrutiny following the 4-3 victory at Reading last week. And Ferguson admitted set piece defending has been worked on at the training ground since.

He said: 'Manchester City will have expected us to work on it (defending set pieces). I am sure they have (attacking them).'

Sir Alex Ferguson not ready to quit as Manchester United boss

Man United boss Ferguson insists retirement is not on the agenda yet

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UPDATED:

23:02 GMT, 23 November 2012

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reflected on the club’s decision to unveil a statue of him outside Old Trafford and vowed not to quit just yet.

Ferguson watched as a statue of him was put on display outside the stand that already carries his name on Friday.

Immortalised: The statue up close

Immortalised: The statue up close

Afterwards he questioned whether it was right to honour a man while he was still alive but also revealed that retirement after 26 years is not on the agenda.

Ferguson said: 'You feel a bit vain when you realise you're looking at yourself, but it's fantastic, what a fantastic piece of work.

'The difference is that it's happened when I'm still the manager, so it makes it more difficult.

Speaking out: Fergie gives his verdict to the crowd

Speaking out: Fergie gives his verdict to the crowd

'My wife found it [the statue] hard
to understand, because normally these things are done after you've
passed away or when you've left the club.

'But I'm here and I don't intend to be leaving soon. It's an honour and I'm so proud of it.

'I've had 26 years at the club so far
and when the time comes and I decide to hang my boots at – who knows –
maybe 27 years, I think it will be a testimony to the work I've done at
the club.

'And that's a fantastic respect to be paid to me.'