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United fans await Ferguson verdict on David Moyes in best-selling bio's paperback update

Sir Alex Ferguson can expect to earn himself another sizeable supplement to his pension when the paperback version of his record-breaking autobiography appears in the shops ready for the Christmas market.

The hardback edition was the best selling print book of 2013 with UK outlets, its sales of 803,084 copies in less than 10 weeks beating the Dan Brown novel Inferno.

Sales of 115,000 in the first week on the shelves set another record, for the fastest selling non-fiction book, knocking cook book queen Delia Smith off that particular perch.

Ferguson would have pocketed at least £1 million from last year's sales alone, even assuming he was on no better than the standard royalty arrangement with his publisher.

The former Manchester United manager's personal account of his fall-outs with Roy Keane, David Beckham and other ex-United players provided a major selling point for the book, along with his views on rival managers such as Arsene Wenger.

And there is more in the paperback, which is updated to include his take on United's first year since his retirement and the brief, ill-fated tenure of David Moyes, who succeeded Ferguson at Old Trafford on his own recommendation.

The paperback is due to be published on October 23 with Ferguson due to attend a launch event hosted by publishers Hodder & Stoughton at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane on Sunday, October 26, when he will discuss the highlights of a career which brought him 38 trophies in 26 years at Old Trafford, in the company of actor and lifelong Manchester United supporter, James Nesbitt.

Meanwhile, a biography of Louis van Gaal, the latest United manager, has been published in English by Ebury Press.

Dutch football commentator Maarten Meijer's book reveals that Van Gaal's tactical philosophy places team ahead of players and that his reputation as a fierce disciplinarian is not misplaced, explaining that the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who took the Netherlands to third place at the Brazil World Cup this year, has standards for behaviour and attitude that players deviate from at their peril.

Meijer has also written books on Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat and is a writer with broad interests. He has degrees in both science and philosophy and a doctorate in Russian literature, has lived and worked in both New York and Moscow and since 2000, married and with four children, has been based in Korea, where he teaches philosophy.

Buy My Autobiography, by Sir Alex Ferguson from Amazon, Waterstones or WHSmith.

Pre-order the paperback version.

Buy Louis van Gaal: The Autobiography from AmazonWaterstones or WHSmith.

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