On his bust-up with Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: The press have had a field day. The only person they have not spoken to is Barack Obama because
On Arsene Wenger: They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages. I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!
On Man City’s EPL emergence: There has been a lot of expectation on Manchester City and with the spending they have done, they have to win something. Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour and have to live with it. You can’t do anything about them.
On his appointment as Man Utd manager: My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that.
On United’s dramatic 1999 Champions League final win: “Football, bloody hell.”
On Rafael Benitez: I think he is very concerned about his CV, he refers to it quite a lot.
On Real’s hopes of signing Ronaldo: Do you think I would get into a contract with that mob? Jesus Christ, no chance. I wouldn’t sell them
On the Italian teams mind games: When an Italian tells me it’s pasta on the plate, I check under the sauce to make sure. They are the inventors of the smokescreen.