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."