In-depth interview - Sir Alex Ferguson on TV, youth policy, hairdryers and more
- From the section Football
BBC North West Tonight's Gordon Burns talks to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson in an exclusive wide-ranging interview.
The 69-year-old Scot discusses:
The effect of losing to Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League Final: "When Barcelona beat us in Rome there was an issue on how we could get to that level. We've made steady progress since then."
The club's youth policy: "We have a nucleus of young players aged around the 20-21 mark who can be the nucleus of what we regarded as the Giggs, Scholes, Neville, Beckham era."
His longevity at the club: "Nobody talks about sacking [me] so I can have the vision of looking two, three years ahead."
His rumoured dressing room tirades: "Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I've thrown teacups then we've gone through some crockery in this place. It's completely exaggerated, but I don't like people arguing back with me."
Losing: "I don't like losing but I've mellowed. I maybe have a short fuse but it goes away quicker now."
Football's future: "I feel sympathy for the working class lad. I've always championed about ticket prices and try to equate that to people's salaries. I look at some of those London prices when we go there and it's horrendous. But I think the Premier league is a strong product because there's a tremendous honesty in our game and fans play a part in that."
Players' salaries: "You can understand that clubs are desperate to win something and their imagination stretches and they end up paying silly money for players you'd never consider."
Turning 70 in December: "When I was 60-65 it didn't bother me. I am just glad to be here. Getting to Hogmanay at 70 - I'm delighted."