Sir Alex Ferguson: what's the point in having a mind if you can't change it?

"We were talking about respect for referees at grass-roots level, and that's something I think is absolutely correct. The haranguing of referees is absolutely ridiculous - we know that. It's not right. We see it as an issue. Since the situation with Andy D'Urso [in January 2000], we've not done anything like that."Alex Ferguson, March 22, 2008

"The Football Association have banned Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson from the touchline for two games and fined him £5,000. Ferguson admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards referee Mark Clattenburg during the game against Bolton on Nov 24." Telegraph.co.uk, December 14, 2007

"I think Chelsea are prepared to try anything, so let them get on with it. I've got a team that can answer all questions. I don't know why he is suggesting there is going to be anything untoward. Chelsea should know better than anyone about these situations." Alex Ferguson, May 3, 2008, after Chelsea’s manager suggested West Ham would not put up a fight against United. West Ham, whose manager had earlier said he would like to see United beat Chelsea to the league title, lost 4-1 despite United having a man sent off.

"Fine. I have no problem with that but then you hear about Bolton players being out all week celebrating. Both teams are safe but one is all keyed up to play Manchester United while the other is out celebrating." Alex Ferguson, May 10, 2008, questions the integrity of Bolton players ahead of their match with Chelsea. Bolton drew 1-1.

"It is totally out of the question. There is no way we would sell him [David Beckham] - or any of our best players." Alex Ferguson, April 5, 2003. Manchester United agreed to sell David Beckham to Real Madrid on June 18, 2003.

"Their attitude is: 'To hell with them (Madrid)'. They would sit the player in the stands just to prove a point that they will not give in to these people. They have got balls, I can tell you. I have been delighted with them in that respect." Alex Ferguson, last week, applauding the Glaser family for their threat to destroy Ronaldo’s career “just to prove a point” rather than sell him to Real Madrid.

So when’s he going, Sir Alex? [Crossposted to Ole Ole]