Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Manchester United could have made £150m by selling Cristiano Ronaldo, rather than pocketing a mere £80m when the Portuguese star was allowed to swap Old Trafford for the Bernabeu in the summer of 2009 for a then world record transfer fee.
Fergie revealed that he had instructed former chief executive David Gill to demand a fee in the region of £150m, confident that Real Madrid president would have paid any amount of money to secure Ronaldo, but Gill was determined that not even the Spanish giants with their almost unlimited transfer funds would have been prepared to spend so much on a single player.
What They Said: Ferguson says Moyes needs time, Gerrard on title-race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson urged the fans in his farewell speech to show strong support to the new manager. The fans have done exactly that until now, albeit there is a wave of frustration hitting the spine of every Old Trafford faithful.
When Manchester United appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, most supporters were fairly surprised, given that the former Everton manager hadn't won a single trophy and had never managed a side in the Champions League.
Whilst finding a manager with a CV that matched Ferguson's was impossible, the difference in quality between the two men was incredible, despite claims from some sections of the press that they were "cut from the same cloth".
Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who was scouted for a third time on Sunday as his side faced Gil Vicente in the Portuguese first division.
Mangala has long been on United's radar, having been scouted when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the club, but the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, with City almost clinching a deal to bring him and his teammate Fernando to the Etihad during the recent January transfer window but failing at the last minute to push the deal through.
"It's your time to back the new manager" was the infamous war-cry of then departing Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Six months on and the words are still thrust upon any disillusioned United fan who dares to publicly question or blame Moyes for United's current situation. The words are becoming tiring but in hindsight seem oh-so-wise from the man who took United to (and beyond) places they never dreamt they'd go.
How Much Longer Will Manchester United Stick With David Moyes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
It's an age-old football debate. Does a manager need time, or does time take all managers?
Some say that a boss needs time to implement his regime, win respect, and build a culture. Others say that as time passes, players get comfortable, stop listening to the manager, and work rate goes down.
"War-chest". A word with which football has become familiar to in the last couple of seasons, and one which has been thrown about by the Manchester United's hierarchy with the same frequency with which Antonio Valencia misplaces a cross or loses possession.
Sir Alex Ferguson was allegedly given a sizeable budget to spend in his last season, but £24m were enough to secure Robin Van Persie's services, while David Moyes has seemingly had a "war-chest" since arriving at Old Trafford, with Ed Woodward famously assuring him and us last summer that "United could compete with everybody in the transfer market," which doesn't really explain why we ended up signing Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.
David Moyes has insisted that he's the right man for the job at Manchester United, despite the horrendous season the Reds have so far endured and the United manager has warned that it was "always going to take time" to rebuild the team he was left with by Sir Alex Ferguson.
With United now resigned to miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, next summer's transfer window could define the club's medium and long term future, given that United will have to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra as well as hopefully signing a midfielder or two.
Eric Djemba-Djemba one of the greatest dodgy Manchester United signings has joined Scottish side St Mirren. The 32-year-old has joined the Buddies until the end of the season after passing a medical this afternoon. The Cameroon international has been given the No.99 squad number. Sir Alex Ferguson signed Djemba-Djemba from French side Nantes [.
The real cost of Ferguson's Manchester United legacy? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United's decision to lavish £37million on the signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea and then follow it up with a plan to lay out £200million on further star players says much about the club's desire to ensure their position at the top of English football is maintained.
After Manchester United's defeat to Sunderland on penalties in the Capital One Cup last night, one drunken Manchester United supporter called emergency services in England and asked to speak with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The supporter called 999 (the UK's version of 911) and spoke to the emergency services operator.
Manchester United have underperformed this season and, as with all under-performing teams these days, much of the blame has been laid at the door of the new manager, David Moyes.
Some of the criticism is justified; in the summer, the Scot inexplicably turned down the chance to enter negotiations with Mesut Özil (also true of Sir Alex Ferguson, in 2010), with a doomed pursuit of Cesc Fabregas followed by the desperate £27.
As David Moyes tries to make a better fist of his second transfer window at Manchester United, here's a timely reminder that his predecessor didn't always get it right. Here's £7m flop Bebe showing, perhaps for the very first time, a glimpse of something resembling cause for Sir Alex Ferguson to spend that sort of [.
Tim Cahill, who played for David Moyes at Everton for eight years, has spoken out in defence of his former manager.
"There's been so much focus on Manchester United's struggles this season, but a manager should be judged over two campaigns and after eight years playing under David Moyes, I know he's got all the attributes to prove everyone wrong," Cahill told Fox Sports.
Moments of inspiration are hard to come by during the January transfer window. Indeed, with numerous Premier League teams too often guilty of committing to overpriced and under researched transfer deals the month after Christmas, Manchester United have typically avoided high-profile dealings in the window altogether.
Following Manchester United's dreadful campaign, there have been some suggestions that David Moyes is struggling under the presence of Sir Alex Ferguson.
With a Sir Alex Ferguson Way around the corner from the ground and a Sir Alex Ferguson stand in the stadium, it's impossible to ignore that our former manager will always be a presence for any manager that follows.
If you simply read posts on social media, you'd believe a majority of Manchester United fans want David Moyes sacked. But when you interact with thoughtful long-term supporters of the club, you realize the sentiments on the Internet do not represent the ethos of the club or its long-term supporters.
For the second consecutive season, Tottenham Hotspur held off a furious Manchester United rally to claim three points at Old Trafford. But unlike last season when the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson would cruise to the league title, this season the club is wobbling badly particularly at home.
Manchester United entered today's match on a six match winning streak in all competitionsagainst an underachieving Spurs side.
PHOTO: Manchester United Three Special Moments of 2013 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
What a year this has been for Manchester United. The Red Devils became Premier League Champions for the 20th time, legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired after more than two decades in charge, appointment of David Moyes, special season from Robin van Persie the list can go on.
Sir Alex Ferguson won £50,000 for the Manchester United Foundation after an appearance on a celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? last night. Fergie was teamed up with TV presenter and United fan Eamonn Holmes for the quiz show. The pair won £32,000 when they appeared on a previous edition of the [.
Ashley Young has admitted that he's well aware of having matured a reputation for diving but, while he understands the criticism, he has no intention to apologise for the controversial incidents that have seen him thrust under the spotlight this season.
The United winger came under intense scrutiny earlier this season as he was booked for diving against Crystal Palace, before subsequently winning an extremely soft penalty asKagisho Dikgacoi, while another of Young's theatrical tumbles earned United an extremely dubious penalty kick away at Real Sociedad.
Transition periods are a part of everything: life, relationships, work, etc. Sometimes they can go smoothly, but more often than not they can be tricky. Anyone who has been through a difficult transition period will tell you the best way to navigate through it is to be patient, let go of the past, deal with the present, and move forward.
Manchester United flop Anderson could be set to end his time at the club with a return to former side Porto. Sir Alex Ferguson paid £24m to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford from the Portuguese giants in 2007. He is set to return for a far less substantial fee. The 25-year-old could join Porto [.
On May 122013, shortly after Manchester United beat Swansea City 2-1 at Old Trafford, outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson addressed his home supporters and thanked them for sharing the countless memories with him at the club. United's legendary leader reminded the fans that "all the last second goals, the comebacks, and the defeats, are all part of this great football club of ours.
The investors on Wall Street have voted, and they dislike the direction of the Premier League champions even less the supporters do. Over the last month, the financial markets have slashed the teams value by £250m to £1.5B.
Three loses in a week, an early exit from the FA Cup and doubt over whether United will even qualify for the Champions League next season have all combined to give Wall Street the jitters.
Danny Higginbotham is one of many former United academy players who, despite not establishing himself in the first team at Old Trafford, went on to have a successful Premier League career.
During his time at United, when loaned out to Belgian side Royal Antwerp, he was banned from playing for four months after attacking a referee, although received support from Sir Alex Ferguson during this time.
For arguably the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired following the 2012/2013 season, Manchester United looked like the team of old.
Going down two goals in the first 13 minutes, Man United stormed back on the opening match in the English Premier League's Boxing Day schedule, tying the match 13 minutes later before scoring the go-ahead goal 21 minutes into the second half to defeat Hull City, 3-2.
Last season, Wayne Rooney's form became so poor, by his own high standards, that Sir Alex Ferguson dropped him. He was left out of the starting line-up for our biggest game of the season at home to Real Madrid, a decision that was working well for us until the referee's scandalous decision to send Nani off, and it wasn't that surprising.
In between scoring hellacious 30-yard raspers for Juventus, here's Paul Pogba i.e, the man Sir Alex Ferguson went to great, almost definitely illegal lengths to tap-up aged 16 only to release back into the wild several years later for a pittance showing off his freestyle football skills.
His hilarious sound cloud was released by Manchester Police this morning after an alleged Manchester United supporter rang in a 999 call looking to talk to Sir Alex Ferguson, it is also alleged he was drunk, but he doesn't sound anyway near how I talk when drunk and I bet there's very few who speak so calmly and eligible when drunk out there.
It came as a shock to most people when rumours started circulating on the evening of May 7th that Sir Alex Ferguson planned to retire at the end of the 2012/2013 season, having wrapped up the title weeks before the end of the season.
That night, Ferguson rang up his brother and closest confidante, Martin, to let him know of his decision.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone from strength to strength since retiring from playing football, firstly when in charge of our Reserve team and then as manager of Molde. The Norwegian side had never won the league before his appointment, a stretch going back 100 years, but they won it in both of his first two seasons at the club.
You always want your academy players to come through the ranks and make a success of their career in the first time. The one youngster who had people talking more than any other was Ravel Morrison. Not just because of the controversy that surrounded his personal life, but because of his supreme ability.
It's all kicking off between Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson currently, and not for the first time. Out of context, it's tempting to blame their recent spat on Keane's inherently hostile nature, but to reach such a conclusion is to overlook one of our former boss' key characteristics: he too sure likes a good fall out.