Quotes from Alex Ferguson's autobiography

LONDON (AP) — Some quotes from former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's autobiography, which will be released later this week:

On former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham:

"David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game."

On former United captain Roy Keane:

"He has the most savage tongue you can imagine. He can debilitate the most confident person in the world in seconds with that tongue."

On Chelsea striker Fernando Torres:

"Torres was blessed with great cunning: a shrewdness that was borderline Machiavellian. He had a touch of evil, though not in the physical sense."

On Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard:

"I am one of the few who felt Gerrard was not a top player."

On former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich:

"A terrible professional ... we played down at Wimbledon in February (2000), and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu, eating like a horse."

On Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard:

"I didn't think of him as an elite international footballer."

On Napoli coach Rafa Benitez, previously of Liverpool and Chelsea:

"The mistake he made was to turn our rivalry personal ... I had success on my side."

On managing Manchester United:

"I would sit in my office in the afternoon, with my work complete, wanting company."

On player power:

"In modern football, celebrity status overrides the manager's power. In my day you wouldn't whisper a word about your manager. You would fear certain death. In my later years, I would hear constantly about players using their power against managers, and the player receiving the support of the public and even the club."

Recalling what a un-named senior Inter Milan official told him:

"Do you know the difference between the English and Italians? In England they don't think a game can ever be corrupt. In Italy they don't think a game cannot be corrupt."

On the United States:

"The States always intrigued and inspired me. I fed off America's energy and vastness, its variety."

On former U.S. President John F Kennedy:

"I developed a forensic interest in how he was killed, by whom and why."

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