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Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  11,529 ratings  ·  785 reviews
The celebratory, revealing, inspiring, and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British soccer.

Over the past four years, Alex Ferguson has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career, and here he reveals his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan. Sir
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 24th 2013 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Amit Mishra
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The man who transformed not only the English football rather the history of football. When he took the charge of Man Utd back in 1990s Aston Villa has won the same number of trophies what United had. Now, we all know where both two clubs lie. One is Premier league giant and other feels difficult to be the part of 1st division league.
His book provides us with the chance to go back in those days when he was writing the glory for Man Utd. Whether it's about the final 1998 UCL or 2008. he was the
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're a Manchester United fan, read this book. If you're a Liverpool or Manchester City fan, read this book. If you're a football fan regardless of the team you support, READ THIS BOOK

Most fans only see what happens on the pitch. Very few actually know what's going on behind the scenes. To know what actually happened (from Sir Alex's view at least) that lead to the departures of quality players such as Beckham, Keane, van Nistelrooy etc, why at times he would bench some of his best players
Andrew Smith
Cards on the table, I'm not a Manchester United fan. I've never particularly warmed to Alex Ferguson either - he's too gruff and lacking in humour for my personal taste - but I do admire what he has achieved at the club in his 25 years at the helm.

I'd heard a few snippets from the book, but just the headline pieces. Also, having read Roy Keane's autobiography which covers some of the same period, I'd read one side of some of the incidents. So, I had a reasonable idea what to expect. What I
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Following all the publicity surrounding the book and the chapters relating to Beckham and Roy Keane, I looked forward to an interesting story. It should indeed be an interesting story. Why wouldn't it be? He is manager of the arguably the greatest footballing institution in the world. The problem is, that the story is written in such a convoluted and scattered manner that I found it difficult to follow. Alex drops names and flits from one character to another with such frequency that all we get ...more
It's hard for me to express in words what Sir Alex Ferguson meant to me as a Manchester United fan, for he made a huge influence on our lives as lovers of the Beautiful Game. And trying to do so is in vain, so I'll keep it short.

First up, the book is a cracking read. ('Cracking' is one of my favourite words when I talk about sports biographies.) Sir Alex picks up from where he left 'Managing My Life', his first autobiography written some time after the 1998-99 Treble-winning season. He discusses
Paul Fadoju
Nov 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: autobiography, 2013
I don't like reading Footballers' Autobiography. I decided to read Alex Ferguson' s controversial book based on his standing in the game and his experience of 25 years leading a Well oiled football club. I was disappointed to say the least; it lacked depth and insight. The writing was basic, the story cheap and for a man of his standing in my opinion should have written a book that will be useful outside the world of sport.

It seems from other reviews He has done this in his previous book but I
Damian Dubois
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
So no doubt people are going to think me a Man U supporter for having read Alex Ferguson's autobiography. No, no, no. I would like to point out I go for a rather sad club, one that is very well supported but are run more like a comedy club than anything else. Yes, I support the Toon and unless Sheikh-el-Billionaire comes in and buys out that clown Mike Ashley, we'll never win a damn thing! At least our jail-bird shirts look cool, eh? ;)

The first thing that popped into my head while reading this
Oct 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
When I reached what was apparently the end of this book, I was stoked to write a scathing review of this book. In all fairness, it wasn't the writing style which presented the problem. Rather, the content of the book was scattered: I feel as though Alex Ferguson dictated his thoughts and they were then typed and bound into this and it's like looking into a tumble-dryer -- how do you do that and not feel either 1) drowsy or 2) nauseated? But, I persevered and read till the wall of stats - this ...more
Neil Fox
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
As a lifelong Manchester United supporter I felt compelled to read this book by United's most successful Manager of all time even though I've never read a sport biography or autobiography before.

Ferguson's account is devoid of controversy or new revelation for a man who was often shrouded in controversy during his illustrious career. The book tells us nothing we don't already know - his visions of the game, his likes/dislikes, his psychological tactics and his values incorporating loyalty, hard
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
This autobiography is around as bad as Eric Cantona's book. The best bio I've read was Stephen Gerrard's. There are fan mails that are funnier, more insightful, more daring, and much more impartial than this dreck. Ferguson took his time to mention some people. He also doesn't mention, among his pastimes, his stint of learning the piano. I guess that hobby was filed under the Bebe level of abortions. I also couldnae understand the jokes. So Fergie goes into a bar(which he owns) and says that ...more
Sam H
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is fair to start this review by saying I am a huge Manchester United fan so for me this book has a special feel. The book shows a unique sense of humour to Sir Alex Ferguson which was never very evident in his time on TV during interviews and matches.

This book has been well quoted in the media. I have to say after reading it the quotes of course are accurate but highly taken out of context. The well quoted opinions on Beckham and Rooney although accurate are largely taken out of context. What
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I'm as far from a fan of Alex Ferguson from the point of view of what he stood for for decades in English football, being the most successful manager of recent times at the club I support's biggest rivals, but I've long grudgingly admired his achievements as a manager, and have enjoyed several extended interviews with him over the years, so when this came up as a Daily Deal a while back, it was a no brainier for me to buy it.

Focussing primarily on the years since his last autobiography which was
I guess I'm not in the mood to write a long review as I should probably do, and since I will be biased anyway reviewing this book as I'm a long-life Manchester United fan, I will settle down this time with these images as part of the review.

Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleased to see that this book wasn't Managing My Life part II and for the most part only focused on the last 10 years of Sir Alex's career seeing as most of his life previous to that was covered in his first book. I enjoyed reading his thoughts about some of the main events in his Manchester United career over the past ten-twelve years or so and the inside stories he had on such influential people at the club such as Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

I enjoyed reading the inside information
Saimon Vohy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, all I can say is.. "Sir Alex Ferguson -A knighted champion. So many years the boss and we adore him. Simply the best, United through and through. Forever we will be his Red army".
This is required reading for all Man United fans!
Abhinav Athreya
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Honest assessment of Alex Ferguson's time in charge at Manchester United. You have to read between the lines but his account at the helm of United for 26 years presents a great lesson in organizational management. The book highlights Ferguson's ability to evolve with time and adapt to change while maintaining absolute control at the organization.
The manner in which he transformed a dwindling brand into a global superpower is outstanding and this book gives an account of the various decisions
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read a football related biography before, I was rather curious about what would be inside. Ferguson is very candid, yet seems like he's not out to badmouth anyone. A couple of times he even made me chuckle with a few of his comments, even if by the end I am not entirely sure one would enjoy playing under him.

My main criticism would be that, even if the chapters follow a chronological order-ish logic, sometimes he gets sidetracked in chapters that did not appear to grant the
Tanzir Islam
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really really good book for any football enthusiast. I didn't really expect that SAF would be so blatantly telling the facts. It felt he spoke his mind out in the book as openly as possible. It really gives a great insight into the golden era of Manchester United and took me back to my childhood memories instantly. The writing was fluent. The only thing that was bad about the book was that there were too many jumps from one topic to another with very little similarity in context.

Mohamed Shoaib
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"تعداد مجد المرء منقصة إذا زادت مزاياه عن التعداد "
هكذا تحدث المعلق فارس عوض عن السير في مباراته الأخيرة على مسرح الأحلام أولدترافورد


I'm a manchester united fan from 15 years give or take .. i thought i knew everything about the club .. well this book proved me wrong.

the greatest manger of all time reveals a lot of secrets behind a lot of stuff ; tactics, relations with players and other football mangers..

if you're a football fan i really recommend this book so highly
Snehith Devalapalli
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Emotional, riveting, and lots of revelations.
Riveting and nostalgic, and sorely needs a better editor.

RTC, maybe.
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm finding it very hard to find the words to review this book. It was very close at times to being a fantastic read and at others close to being a bit of a disaster. So it was either going to be 2 stars or 4. So I decided to go with 4.

To read, it was extremely easy and engaging. It never felt as thought the subject was weighing it down and making it difficult to read. You could easily knock out a few chapters in 30 minutes no problem. My problems with the book however were to do with how
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Leadership is a quality that your personality transmits itself to everyone.
Sir Alex Ferguson

I recommend this book not only to Manchester United fans, but also to any football fan. You can agree or disagree with Ferguson's opinion about football players, trainers, referees, but you will enjoy reading. It's not really a book about Ferguson as a person, it's a great book with short, sharp and honest statements on his perspectives, insecurities and character traits that made him the best ever.

Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sir Alex Ferguson is the best manager in the world, winning 13 Barclays premier league champion, 5 FA cup and 2 UEFA Champions League. This book is an autobiography written by himself about his feelings on some of his best players. When he is still a manager of Manchester United, he never spoke anything negative about his players. But this book is different, Ferguson talks about everything behind the scene and on the pitch. The stories in this book are really surprising. As a soccer fan, I ...more
janghir Chowdhury
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
The best extracts of this book you can read in the tabloid press. This book isn't really worth bothering with. It just reinforces what we already knew:
-Rooney's a fat lazy oaf.
-Roy Keane's a cunt.
-Ruud Van Nistelrooy is a just a bigger cunt with a good scoring record.
-Beckham is fame hungry and he didn't like his haircuts.
-Liverpool are shit and won't win anything too soon
-about his drive and will to win yadda, yadda, yadda!

Congratulations. You've just saved yourself £25!

Book was pretty tame,
Mohd Nordin Che Omar
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Alex is irreplaceable. The best ever coach cum manager for the Red Devils. Glory Glory Man United. A master tactician and psychologist. A leader who knows to pick up the talent and star and controlled the unruly. A father figure to the players.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for Manchester United Fans.
Tulga G
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. PremierLeague. He was the great manager of Manchester United, my favourite team in football.
It is always touching to read about my team, Manchester United in football and Los Angeles Lakers in basketball. Also, similarity between them even though it is different sport, two great managers, Sir Alex Ferguson and Phil Jackson had built the great teams successfully in the history of sports. I began to watch football in 2007 when Manchester United was team to watch like I was meant to choose this
Mikko Karvonen
Oct 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, football
Reading this as someone interested in all things football related, rather than a Manchester United fan, I was rather disappointed. Lots of names were dropped, many people praised, few emotional moments described, and some interesting comments about footballers included, but that was it. There was no insight, no analysis, no delving into Sir Alex's way of thinking about football, matches, preparations, or tactics. Writing was uneven, often digressing from random details into ramblings that were ...more
Jerome Joof
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book from a Man Ive followed since i was a kid supporting Man Utd. Most of the stories and events he mentioned while reading the book are all memories of joy, sadness and nostalgia for the most part. Sir Alex was a great manager and every united fan adores him, we see no wrong whatsoever through his actions. This man brought so much joy to millions of fans around the globe, for him to share some of the secrets and decisions involved in the day to day running of a giant club, Im just ...more
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a former Scottish football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson being regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game.
Ferguson managed East Stirlingshire and St. Mirren before a highly successful period as manager of Aberdeen. After briefly managing Scotland following the death

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