The Fergie Files: United boss Sir Alex on the top three managers in the Premier League
19 March 2009 04:05
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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lifted the lid on his time at Old Trafford in a wide-ranging interview with former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell.
The 67-year-old Scot is clearly a huge fan of life in the north-west of England, stating: 'All the best things happen in Manchester.'
Pen to paper: United boss Sir Alex Ferguson
And, indeed, under Fergie rather a lot of good things have happened at Manchester United.
From that interview published in The New Statesman, Sportsmail presents.
THE FERGIE FILES
Sir Alex Ferguson on.The best players he ever saw: 'Pele, di Stefano, Maradona and Cruyff. In that order.'Greatest manager: Jock Stein.Best managers in the Premier League: 'You'd have to say Arsene Wenger, David Moyes and Martin O'Neill.'Greatest achievement: 'The treble in 1999, and in particular the comeback at Barcelona against Bayern.'Biggest mistake: 'Letting go of Jaap Stam. No question.'Biggest disappointment: 'Not getting Gazza. He was a fabulous footballer and he would have done brilliantly here.'Best goal scored under your management: 'Giggs against Arsenal at Villa Park (1999 FA Cup semi-final). Out of this world.'
Three most important leadership qualities: 'Control. Managing change. And observation. Spotting everything around you, analysing what is important. Seeing dangers and opportunities that others can't see.'Can Manchester United win five trophies this year? 'No. The thing about Cup football is you need to be the best, but you also need a lot of luck, and I think it's asking too much for all the games to go your way.'Retirement: 'Not for a while. I'm 67 now. My health's good. I still have the drive and energy. I've been here more than 22 years, but I still get a buzz arriving at the training ground.'