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Alex Ferguson's book: 10 things not to miss

Published 1628 GMT (0028 HKT) October 22, 2013
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Just what did former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson think about Wayne Rooney, Roy Keane, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo? Read on...... Clive Rose/Getty Images
England striker Wayne Rooney joined Manchester United from Everton in 2004. "Wayne Rooney is a slow learner and he struggles to stay fit," says Ferguson of the England international in his autobiography. ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images
Roy Keane played for Manchester United between 1993 and 2005, but the Republic of Ireland midfielder fell out spectacularly with the Old Trafford manager after he criticized his teammates on the club's television channel. "What I noticed about him that day as I was arguing with him was that his eyes started to narrow, almost to wee black beads. It was frightening to watch. And I'm from Glasgow," writes Ferguson. Jan Kruger/Getty Images/file
There is no mention of David Beckham's wife Victoria -- Posh Spice -- in the chapter of the book that Ferguson devotes to the player. "The big problem for me ... he fell in love with Victoria and that changed everything," said Ferguson in his press conference to promote the book. Getty Images
In 2011 Manchester United defender Patrice Evra complained he had been racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was subsequently handed an eight-match ban by the English Football Association. "Liverpool wore those T-shirts supporting Suarez, which I thought was the most ridiculous thing for a club of Liverpool's stature," writes Ferguson. Clive Brunskill/Getty Image/file
"In all the times I'm asked I find it impossible to definitely say which is the better player -- Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi -- because to relegate either to second place would feel wrong," writes Ferguson. DANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images
"Messi has something magical about him when the ball touches his feet," writes Ferguson. "It's as if it's landed on a bed of feathers. His low sense of gravity is devastating." David Ramos/Getty Images/file
Ferguson says he was twice asked to manage England. "It wasn't a bed of nails I was ever tempted to lie on," writes the former Manchester United manager. AFP/Getty Images
Sven-Goran Eriksson took charge of the England team between 2001 and 2006. "I remember asking Paul Scholes one day: 'Scholesy, what's Eriksson got?' but Scholesy could shed no light." Michael Regan/Getty Images/file
Ferguson is full of praise for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who is now in his second spell at Stamford Bridge. "Jose was one of those guys on a surfboard who can stay longer on the wave than anyone else," says the Scot. Julian Finney/Getty Images
Sergio Aguero's stoppage-time goal in a 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers ensured Manchester City won the 2011-2012 English Premier League title. "We were champions for 30 seconds," writes Ferguson. "When our whistle blew -- against Sunderland -- we were champions. In fairness to our players, they knew they had ballsed it up. There were no excuses." Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images