Sir Alex Ferguson autobiography: Ryan Giggs? Jaap Stam? Wayne Rooney? Roy Keane? The best of the 45 inaccuracies

Multiple errors found by eagle-eye readers in the best-selling book

So one customer will get a full refund (on return of the book) after at least 45 factual inaccuracies have been found in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography, aptly titled My Autobiography.

Here are some of the best errors which have made the cut in the book, which sold 115,547 copies in its first week on sale:

“…transfer of Jaap Stam to Roma and Massimo Taibi to Reggina”

- Jaap Stam moved to Lazio, Taibi did, however, move to Reggina

Jaap Stam was sold to Lazio in 2001, not Roma Jaap Stam was sold to Lazio in 2001, not Roma "Awarding him with his first-team debut at 16 landed us with a problem we had not expected: the Giggs phenomenon.”

- Ryan Giggs was in fact 17 when he made his Manchester United debut

“We had 11 years out of Roy”

- Roy Keane played for Manchester United for over 12 years

Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane celebrate winning the league in 2001 Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane celebrate winning the league in 2001 Rio Ferdinand excelled against Manchester City in the semi-final second leg [of the Carling Cup] in 2009 at Old Trafford

- This match was in 2010, not 2009

- Ferguson claimed in the book to have had his pacemaker fitted in 2002, but the procedure was done in 2004

“From the moment Manchester United became a Plc in 1990”

- Manchester United became a public limited company in 1991

“[Wayne Rooney] was then picked by Sven-Goran Eriksson for the vital World Cup qualifier against Turkey"

- The match in question, Rooney’s first England start was a Euro, not World Cup qualifier

Ryan Giggs (left) clashes with Salomon Kalou during the 2008 final Ryan Giggs (left) clashes with Salomon Kalou during the 2008 final “The penultimate Chelsea kick, which Salomon Kalou took, when Edwin dived to his left...”

- In the Champions League final in 2008, Edwin van der Sar dived to his right for Kalou’s successful penalty

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?