Kevin Keegan’s ‘I would love it’ rant against Manchester United voted best Premier League quote of past 20 years

By Dean Wilkins

Kevin Keegan’s angry outburst at Sir Alex Ferguson is being named as the best quote from the Premier League in its 20 year history.

The former Newcastle United manager’s ‘I would love it’ rant was aimed at the Manchester United boss after the North East side let a 12-point advantage slip away.

Fergie taunted the Magpies and said that teams would try harder against United than Keegan’s team.

Fans, commentators and football figures chose the tirade ahead of Eric Cantona’s ‘seagulls follow the trawler’ and Alan Hansen’s ‘[Fergie] can’t win anything with kids’.

Keegan’s famous words were: “When you do that with footballers like [Ferguson] said about Leeds, and when you do things like that about a man like Stuart Pearce.

“I’ve kept really quiet but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that.

“You can tell him now, we’re still fighting for this title and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something. And I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it.

“But it really has got to me. I’ve voiced it live, not in front of the press or anywhere. I’m not even going to the press conference. But the battle is still on and Man United have not won this yet.”

Wayne Rooney’s overhead wonder-goal during February 2011’s derby with Manchester City won the best goal in the modern history of the division, while the winner’s of best save and best match are yet to be announced.

The top five quotes, including Keegan’s, were as follows:

Eric Cantona, 1995: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea. Thank you very much.”

Alan Hansen, 1995: “The trick is always buy when you’re strong so he needs to buy players. You can’t win anything with kids. You look at that line-up Manchester United had today and Aston Villa at quarter-past two when they get the team sheet, it’s just going to give them a lift and it will happen every time he plays the kids. He’s got to buy players, as simple as that.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, 2003: “We have to carry on doing our best. It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it. It’s going to be an interesting few weeks and the standard of the Premiership is such that nothing will be easy.”

Jose Mourinho, 2004: “Please don’t call me arrogant because what I am saying is true. I am European champion so I am not one of the bottle. I think I am the special one.”


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