Fergie has ‘no plans to retire’
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson fears that giving up
football will harm his prospects of enjoying a long life.
The United manager is basking in the glory of his club achieving
a record 19th title.
And the 69-year-old’s enthusiasm shows no sign of waning as they
prepare to bring the curtain down on the domestic season on Sunday
when they face Blackpool at Old Trafford.
“I have no plans to retire, I must say that and (my wife) Cathy
is delighted. She would have thrown me out, ” he told MUTV at the
club’s annual awards ceremony.
“The salient point is that whilst my health is good, carry on.
You hear many stories of people who come off the treadmill and
their system breaks down. I don’t want that happening to me.”
Ferguson takes as much pleasure from winning the Premier League
title this season as he did for the first time 18 years ago.
And the Scot rails at some of the criticism his players have had
to endure during the campaign.
He said: “It is no easier now than it was in 1993. It is a great
achievement. Everyone has shared in it. I enjoyed it as much as my
first title. It becomes more of a challenge the longer you are at
“If we are not scoring 10 goals every game, we have our critics.
The expectation is high. But it is high from us too, and the fans.
They want to see their best.
“Yes, you could criticise a lot of our away performances. They
have been disappointing. But our home form has been fantastic. We
have scored more goals than anyone else. It is hard to criticise
that kind of form.”
United also have the Champions League final to look forward to
with Ferguson aiming to lift the trophy for a third time in his
career following a late, late victory against Bayern Munich in 1999
and the 2008 triumph over Chelsea via a penalty shootout.
He admits he already has an idea of his side to face Barcelona
on May 28 at Wembley.
Ferguson said: “We have the nucleus of a team in place. There
are others that deserve a place. But we can only pick 11. That is
the horrible part of being a manager. It is absolute agony.
“It is something you don’t relish at all. I have to pick a team
and I have to leave some very good players out.
“Hopefully those who have all played a part in the European
campaign will feel satisfaction at the end of the night and we win
Chelsea were dispatched in the quarter-final and Ferguson has
been thrilled with the way his side have played in Europe’s elite
He added: “Our form in the European Cup has been sensational. We
have not lost a goal away from home.
“You have to play well to beat Chelsea. They are a very
experienced, powerful team. You have to give credit to the players
for these tremendous performances.”