September 22nd, 2010
04:45 PM ET

How we asked Alex Ferguson your questions

CNN's Alex Thomas asks legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson your questions.
CNN's Alex Thomas asks legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson your questions.

When I took the call, it was good news and bad news. “Would you like to interview Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson?” Absolutely. “You’ll only have seven or eight minutes with him”. Not ideal – but still a yes.

Because my CNN colleague Terry Baddoo had already filmed a long chat with United’s boss during their pre-season tour of the United States, we decided to do something different this time.

We appealed for questions from you – the viewers and readers of CNN International and CNN.COM.

Unsurprisingly, we had a great response, via Facebook, Twitter and our website. You sent in your suggestions from North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East – proving yet again that football is truly a global game and the sport’s top players and managers, like Alex Ferguson, are world famous.

Interestingly, I didn’t see a single question on the more controversial subjects surrounding Manchester United at the moment – the Glazers’ ownership and the allegations about Wayne Rooney’s personal life.

Either you’re not interested in those topics or you were trying to spare me the manager’s famous, so-called, hair dryer treatment.

We knew we’d only have time for a handful of questions in the time available and, in the end, it wasn’t too hard to select them because the same ones kept cropping up.

You wanted to know what Alex Ferguson thought of his team’s chances in the Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League, who are the best players he has ever signed or coached and fans of United’s rivals were particularly keen to find out when the great man would be retiring!

So, before he got to work at the club’s Carrington training ground one morning, we asked him – and you can watch and listen to what he had to say here on CNN.COM.

Congratulations to Mwate Kowa, from Zambia, Tarek Elnady, from Dubai, Gold Obielum, studying in Switzerland, Solo De Asotie, from Nigeria and Suthee Srisakulchawla, in Thailand. We picked your questions, although we had to abbreviate some of them. And sorry if I didn’t pronounce your names correctly.

Also, well done Ashok Tulachan, who lives in California, and Youself El Helw, from Egypt. We planned to use your questions too but ran out of time. And we also had to finish before asking my personal favourite – sent in from Nigerian lady Jamila Mimi Mohammed – who wanted to know, what brand of chewing gum does Sir Alex chew? Is it a stress reliever?

Those will have to wait for next time.

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  1. carlos

    Sir Alex,
    When are you finally going for retirement?you deserves to have a rest like any other pensioneer.

    September 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  2. Adrian

    why does Glasgow make some people so miserable?

    September 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  3. jamila mimi mohammed

    I guess I won't be knowing the brand of chewing gum after all!

    September 22, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  4. pramok

    As one of the successful managers in MANUTD's history, whom does Sir Alex Ferguson consider the best player of all time in MANUTD.

    Duncan Edwards

    And If he had to field an all time best MANUTD team what which would he choose.

    Kathmandu – Nepal

    September 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  5. pramok

    Technically is South American brand of soccer superior to European ? Has the world cup result in the past and future established this final verdict................ I would like to know and ask Sir Alex:

    1. The best ever player: Pele/Marodona/Messi/Destifino
    2. The best national team ever: Brazil/Italy/Argentina/England/Germany
    3. The best MANUTD team ever.

    If offside rule was abolished like in Field Hockey, would there be more goals and soccer would be more exciting and high scoring ?


    September 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  6. asse

    in my opinion your tactics and team selection for the games against fulham,rangers and everton have cost dearly and contribute to those an unfamiliar results can you justify this?

    September 23, 2010 at 11:28 am | Reply
  7. sheriff ajayi

    can sir alex honestly tell us whose teams is more difficult for him to play against between arsene wenger and jose mouriho's team?

    September 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  8. nico van brabandt

    sir alex ferguson would you support and your team my charity group save the greyhound of spain???? nico

    September 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  9. aninze robert

    chelsea is just too hurt 2handle this season.
    i b-live they take it again this season
    giving them my best regards.

    September 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  10. salim sabo

    pls Alex can you tel us when you will get better player.

    September 29, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Reply
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    September 15, 2011 at 9:18 am | Reply

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