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Two glaring errors[edit]

The passage "On his arrival at Old Trafford, he told the media My greatest challenge is not what's happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that, in reference to his desire for United to overhaul Liverpool, who were the dominant club in the English league at the time" is patently untrue. That famous quote was made in a 2002 Guardian interview in repsonse to Alan Hansen's suggestion that winning back the Premier League title in 02/03 would be Ferguson's greatest challenge. The statement would not have made any sense in November 1986, when Ferguson had only just arrived at United and Liverpool were still very much on their perch!

The second point of contention is the heading "Second European trophy" in reference to the Champions League win of 2008. Strictly speaking, this was Ferguson's fifth "European trophy" with United and the seventh "European trophy" of his career. "Second European Cup" would be a more suitable heading.

Honorary Degrees[edit]

Sir Alex Ferguson recently received his 9th honorary degree.

Surely a man with 9 honorary Phd's needs to have that mentioned in his esteemed biography

Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2250459/Sir-Alex-Ferguson-Harvard-Manchester-United-boss-honorary-degrees.html

Please kindly view & consider giving this man his due recognition in this manner of his achievements as well.

Thank you

Dave Singh Glasgow, Scotland — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.171.134.150 (talk) 12:38, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Not one of those honorary degrees is a PhD, so I don't know where you're getting that from. – PeeJay 13:29, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
Isn't "honorary" a very polite way of saying "pretend"? I'm not sure if picking up a piece of paper that doesn't make you a doctor counts as an "achievement", especially for someone who's won a few hardware as manager. Mosmof (talk) 14:16, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Managerial stats[edit]

I spent last night correcting them for his time in Scotland, a lot of them seemed well off to other sources. I do have a couple of queries:

  • Spring Cup – The competition only lasted for one season, following the reorganisation of the Scottish league structure from 1975–76. It is seen as a precursor to the Scottish Challenge Cup, competed between clubs in tiers 2 and 3 as they were left with fewer league games after the reshuffle. I have omitted them for now but should we include the stats for this competition, yea or nay?
Pld W D L GF GA
St. Mirren 9 6 0 3 21 5
  • Aberdeen – Article says he joined in June 1978 and was in contact with the club whilst he was at St. Mirren, however the table says he joined in August.

VEOonefive 13:04, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Admired and Respected[edit]

I'd dispute the statement about him being admired and respected mentioned in the first few paragraphs. In my family we were sick of the man's behaviour moaning about referees despite some of the most scandalous decisions ever regularly going in his team's favour and also seem to remember it was a regular thing that there'd be no post match interview from him if they lost and someone like Phelan would be trotted out. Amongst fans of other clubs there's a large number of people who I would say didn't and don't admire or respect him. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.41.225.252 (talk) 00:05, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

You and your mates are one thing, but Ferguson was remarkably well respected among the football community. – PeeJay 13:21, 31 December 2014 (UTC)