I was confused when I saw him. He was emotional and sad. I asked him “what’s the matter?” He said “Sir Alex is leaving” the whole dressing room was like this. Celebrating the league on Saturday will be hard. As a team we can’t describe what he has done. He is the greatest there was and will ever be”
- Paul Scholes on Ryan Giggs and Sir Alex Ferguson
When I heard he left, I have to admit I felt lonely. I went to my room and I cried. I may not be his manager, and I may not be at Manchester United, but I cried because I knew football would be missing one of the greatest sporting heroes the world will ever know. He was more then a manager to me. When my father died it was tough, but Sir Alex stepped in as a fatherly figure. He is the reason I am what I am today”
- Cristiano Ronaldo
"It’s obviously going to be hard, but not impossible. Nothing is impossible. We have to dream and believe and fight to the end. And whether we go through or not, it’s alright, because we will remain a team" - Lionel Messi
"It’s alright if people don’t see your desire to win. You just have to prove them wrong. Aim higher. I feel I have done that today against Newcastle"
- Daniel Sturridge
"He’s young and he’s learning. He might be playing poorly, but coming to a different country and playing in the top tier of English Football, for one of the best teams in the league, at his age …. well, I think he is doing pretty good"
- Juan Mata
"I’m not too upset Mario is going to Bayern Munich. People might be surprised, but I don’t see him as a teammate, I see him as a friend. Whether he is with me or not, I know we will still be great friends. He’s been like a brother to me here in Dortmund, and we will remain this way throughout the rest of our lives"
- Marco Reus
"He is a good person, and never gets into trouble. He is one of the first to training and greets people with respect. If kids want his autograph, he talks to them, signs every single one, and even gets a picture with him. He doesn’t go out clubbing. He doesn’t get into bother. I would say he is the perfect example of how to be a footballer"
- Ryan Giggs
"Before the game, I told him "This is your night. This is your chance. You can take it, when everybody is watching you. Or, you can let it go, and just got through the motions" He went and scored four. I’m proud that he played well, because now I can say he is one of the best in the world"
- Jurgen Klopp