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Ferguson: If Ryan Giggs retired earlier, he’d be United’s manager by now

Contributed by on October 8, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that Alex Ferguson was unable to persuade him to join Manchester United.

Beckham and Giggs both enjoyed highly-decorated playing careers at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson, who has talked up the former Wales international’s potential managerial qualities over recent weeks. When you have someone like that at a club like this, someone who is from this part of the world and knows so much about this the club, it is embedded into him, having something like it is something that means so much to fans.

He only told the club’s chief executive, David Gill, of his plan to step down a couple of months earlier and claims most of the other potential candidates to replace him were unobtainable.

He knew that for nearly a season I want to leave Real Madrid and I want to come to Chelsea. “I was scared so when finally he informed the media about this decision it was a sense of relief”, he said.

Ryan Giggs then interjects to tell his side of the story: “They pulled me out, me, Paul Ince and we’re the hostages”.

Ferguson played an integral role in bringing through that famous batch of Manchester United academy products and moulding them into title winners. “I will miss you here because you are important but your dad is first place”.

“But I would never have asked a player to quit”.

“Sometimes I would lose my temper when we’d won“.

However, today, quotes have been published in The Guardian from a Sir Alex Ferguson documentary that is due to air on Sunday evening on the BBC.

“We picked the right man”.

“We did the best under the circumstances we were in”. To score the goal for my country, at a club I had supported all those years, was wonderful. Money that will be raised from ticket sales and donations on match day will go to UNICEF to aid helpless children around the world.

The Scot tells one particular story, which is nearly unbelievable, about the time that he took a group of his younger players to a SAS base. “But he was able to say yes and fit the game into his busy schedule”. I said to [assistant] Brian Kidd, ‘1-0!’. I think they were embarrassed.

“The manager has always appreciated what I have done outside the game”.

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