Ferguson autobiography: At-a-glance

Check out our at-a-glance guide to Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography which was launched on Tuesday.

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Ferguson: Questioned Beckham's work-rate in his final season

Ferguson: Questioned Beckham's work-rate in his final season

ENGLAND

Ferguson reveals he turned down the opportunity to manage England on two separate occasions. Firstly, he says he was approached in 1999 just before Kevin Keegan took the job and then two years later prior to the appointment of Sven-Goran Eriksson. Ferguson said: "There was no way I could contemplate that. It wasn't a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on."

ROY KEANE

Keane and Ferguson's relationship soured in 2005 when the United captain became angry at Ferguson over conditions at the club's pre-season training camp. Ferguson says he decided to sell Keane after that incident. Then came an interview with MUTV in which he "slaughtered" a host of United players. In a team meeting afterwards Keane accused Ferguson of bringing his personal affairs in to the club over the Rock of Gibraltar case. Recalling Keane's mood at the time, Ferguson said: "It was frightening to watch." Keane was sold to Celtic, but turned up at the United training ground to apologise to Ferguson later that season, the Scot says.

WAYNE ROONEY

Ferguson does not go in to too much detail about Rooney's supposed transfer request last summer - only that the striker was annoyed at not playing often. He does reveal more about Rooney's plea to leave in 2010, when the former Everton man told Ferguson that the club were not ambitious enough. Rooney said Ferguson should have signed Mesut Ozil, now at Arsenal.

LIVERPOOL

Ferguson enjoyed many a tussle with United's bitter rivals. He said he found former manager Graeme Souness to be a "good guy but impetuous". Ferguson says Rafael Benitez was a "control freak" and branded the Spaniard's famous "facts" press conference "silly". "The mistake he made was to turn our rivalry personal," Ferguson says. Ferguson is also critical of Kenny Dalglish's £20million signing of Stewart Downing in the book.

MAN CITY

Sheikh Mansour's purchase of United's neighbours in 2008 gave Ferguson a new, rich rival. Ferguson describes losing the title to City in 2012 as the worst day of his life. Ferguson criticises then manager Roberto Mancini in the book over his failure to sell former United striker Carlos Tevez when he reportedly refused to come off the bench against Bayern Munich. "In terms of his prestige as a manager, he let himself down," Ferguson says.

DAVID BECKHAM

Ferguson says Beckham's football was affected by his celebrity lifestyle. He said the midfielder's workrate dropped in his final year at the club. After an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in 2003, Beckham's eyebrow was cut after a row in the dressing room between Ferguson and his star midfielder. "David swore. I moved towards him, and as I approached I kicked a boot. It hit him right above the eye," Ferguson says.

ARSENE WENGER

Ferguson claims his once-fiery relationship with the Arsenal manager mellowed by the end of his time in management. One flashpoint during their rivalry came in October 2004 when United ended Arsenal's 49-match unbeaten run. Ferguson was left covered in pizza following a furious row between staff and players from United and Arsenal. The row came after Ruud van Nistelrooy claimed Wenger berated him as he left the pitch. Ferguson says he does not know who threw the pizza, but claims Wenger's "fists were clenched" when the Scot confronted him over Van Nistelrooy's claims.

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY

Van Nistelrooy was one of the best goal scorer's of Ferguson's reign, but the Scot claims the striker asked to leave just three days before the FA Cup final of 2005. He stayed, but after a training ground bust-up with Cristiano Ronaldo, Ferguson said he had no choice but to sell the Dutchman, who has since apologised to his former boss.

RIO FERDINAND

Ferguson criticises the anti-doping testers who turned up to take a urine sample from Rio Ferdinand in September 2003. Ferdinand missed the drug test and Ferguson blames the testers, who he claims were sat around having cups of tea, rather than going to the training field to wait for the defender to come off the pitch. Ferdinand received an eight-month ban, which Ferguson is critical of in the book.


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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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