Oliver Holt in the Daily Mirror: He said the book wasn’t about settling scores - but at least part of it is. The theme of his beautifully-crafted autobiography is power and how to use it. It is about control and the crushing of those who threaten it. In Ferguson’s case, in order of brutality, that meant his old skipper Roy Keane, football royalty David Beckham and striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. And in his search for relevance among cruising the Hebrides, researching the assassination of John F Kennedy and drinking his favourite wines, this is where he can find it. The book reads like a tutorial to David Moyes, a survival guide on how to trample on your enemies at a club as big as Manchester United: when a player threatens you, when his media profile grows bloated and his focus moves away from football, he is dead to you.
Matt Dickinson in The Times: After the boot to the head, Sir Alex Ferguson threw the book at David Beckham yesterday. There was a gratuitous brutality about it, especially when we consider that Wayne Rooney has done far more to unsettle Manchester United, but no one ever said that Ferguson’s autobiography was going to be fair. It is Ferguson’s memoir, with the inevitable contradictions, score-settling and selected targets. If he aspires to one central “truth”, it is the theme of control and his unwillingness to tolerate those who stepped beyond it. He even lectures Tony Blair on the subject when the Prime Minister was agonising over Gordon Brown’s mutinous behaviour as Chancellor. “The most important thing in my job is control,” Ferguson told Blair. “The minute they threaten your control, you have to get rid of them.” Control. The word is repeated like a mantra throughout Ferguson’s latest memoir; the explanation for ousting Roy Keane, ditching Beckham, telling Ruud van Nistelrooy he was no longer welcome. A valid reason to sack the next Prime Minister, if necessary.
Barney Ronay in The Guardian: Sir Alex Ferguson may have retired from football management, but like a deposed postwar prime minister his memoirs live on. Part news story, part superheated publishing beano and without doubt the most swaggeringly A-list football book of the year, decade and – it seems safe to say – entire spectrum of past and future time, Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography is finally upon us. Unveiled at a launch-cum-press-event on Pall Mall, the book itself was available under strict pre-launch embargo from the publishers Hodder & Stoughton at 10 o'clock sharp on Tuesday morning. And so it arrived in convoy, glossily packaged, and coming in at a muscular 402 large-type pages, all fronted up by a wonderfully stark full-face Fergie portrait: imperious, gently amused and posed against a sheer white background like some benevolent creator.
Martin Samuel in the Daily Mail: Ferguson’s book is fascinating, because he is fascinating, and his life has been lived around some of the biggest personalities in the history of the game. Any omissions are outweighed by a wealth of colourful recollections and it is, as expected, beautifully crafted. Ferguson chose managing change as his theme, and the details of how he kept control of the dressing room as Premier League era football evolved make a compelling read. Yet the scores settled, the targets taken down, do not shock. Roy Keane and David Beckham are peripheral figures at United now, and no Old Trafford legend ever got less than a renewed wave of love for taking down Liverpool icons like Rafael Benitez and Steven Gerrard. Still receiving a £2m retainer for his services, Ferguson is as honest throughout as he can afford to be. This time around, though, there is a little less Govan shipyard and a fresh sprinkling of leafy Prestbury in his words. He is a sweaty old football manager no longer and his sermons these days come from the land of prawn sandwiches, not the factory floor.
Jim White in the Daily Telegraph: In the grand reception hall at the Institute of Directors at lunchtime on Tuesday, under the watchful gaze of Queen Charlotte framed in oils on the wall, there was visual evidence of how big a story English football has become. There was Sir Alex Ferguson, the man whose achievements helped to project the game from a local obsession into an international cultural phenomenon, sitting at the high table addressing a jabbering babel of interest. More than 500 journalists, film crew and radio reporters from around the world packed the press conference to launch his new book...The English press could barely get a word in to ask whether he reckoned David Moyes would be fired by Christmas. But that is modern football for you. Just as English players do not get a run out in the Premier League, so English reporters are at the back of the queue when it comes to asking questions. Which, doubtless, is how Ferguson, never a fan of the English media, would like it.
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Chelsea target Diego Costa: Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is on Jose Mourinho's January wish list, according to the Daily Mirror. The Chelsea boss is hopeful of getting backing from owner Roman Abramovich to bring in a new forward, although Costa would set the club back in the region of £35m, a fee the paper reports could prove too high for the Blues.
Paper Round's view: Fernando Torres's two goals last night could not have come at a better time - perhaps Mourinho would be best waiting to see how the Spaniard's form continues to go this season and save his cash for the summer.
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Llorente keen on Arsenal loan move: The Daily Mirror also reports that Fernando Llorente is keen on a January move to Arsenal as the Spain striker looks to save his World Cup hopes. Llorente is only now beginning to make an impact at Juventus following a summer move to Turin and the paper claims his advisors are worried his chances of going to Brazil are being compromised by a lack of playing time. Arsenal are determined to sign a striker in January and the report says Llorente "could be interested" in going to the Emirates.
Paper Round's view: It's a bit weird that this rumour is resurfacing now Llorente is finally beginning to get a chance to play for Juventus, but he would certainly be a useful addition to the Gunners' squad as they seek to sustain a Premier League title challenge.
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Chicarito going nowhere: Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will not leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window, reports the Daily Mail. United boss David Moyes said the Mexico international "will play a lot of games before the end of the season", after rumours surfaced that his lack of first XI action would force him into a move elsewhere. The paper adds that Tottenham have been linked with a January move for Hernandez.
Paper Round's view: Mexico are not yet guaranteed a place in next year's World Cup - they meet New Zealand in a play-off - so talk of 'needing regular football in a World Cup year' could be premature. However, any footballer wants to play and if Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck continue to be classed above Chicarito in the United pecking order, his loyalty will surely be seriously tested. Capital One Cup appearances on rainy Tuesday nights do not usually make for happy international strikers.
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