Wednesday 28 September 2016

Louis Van Gaal is not the only Man Utd manager to have a spat with the media; Alex Ferguson had more than few over the years

Published 23/12/2015 | 18:50

Alex Ferguson never shied away from a row with the press. PA Wire
Alex Ferguson never shied away from a row with the press. PA Wire

Louis van Gaal walked out of his pre-match press conference on Wednesday after becoming angered by the reporting of speculation regarding his future.

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The Dutchman is not the first Manchester United manager to lash out at the press at Carrington, of course.

Sir Alex Ferguson famously hit out at the media on several occasions during his time at Old Trafford. Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the Scot's most famous rants at the media.

FERGUSON SNAPS AFTER VERON CRITICISM (May 7, 2002)

With his team on the verge of winning nothing in the 2001-02 season, Ferguson took umbrage at claims Juan Sebastian Veron was not good enough to cut it in the Premier League.

The Scot ordered journalists to "get out" of the training ground after they asked him about the Argentinian midfielder and then snapped: "He (Veron) is a f****** great player and you're all f******* idiots."

 FERGUSON DENIES UNITED "STRUGGLING" IN EUROPE (November 21, 2011)

After his team could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Benfica, Ferguson was angered by a reporter's claim that the "two top teams in England" at the time (United and Manchester City) were "struggling" in Europe.

He replied: "Say that again. Struggling? Thank you. Are you serious? We are not struggling" before walking out.

FERGUSON BANS JOURNALIST (May 24, 2011)

One intrepid reporter defied United's edict which said Ferguson would not answer questions at a Champions League press conference regarding Ryan Giggs, who had been at the centre of allegations regarding his private life at the time.

After curtly answering the question about his star midfielder, Ferguson turned to his press officer and whispered: "The guy who asked about Giggsy. Who is he? Ban him for Friday." Unfortunately for Ferguson, his words were picked up by the microphones on the top table.

KELLY DALGLISH GETS IT IN THE NECK (September 14, 2011)

Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish enjoyed many duels during their careers, and the United boss turned on his former foe's daughter Kelly when she questioned his decision to start with Anders Lindegaard instead of David de Gea for the 1-1 Champions League draw against Benfica.

"'David de Gea will play on Sunday against Chelsea," Ferguson said. "That was the understanding we had before the game, and it doesn't change. I don't know why you ask these questions, you're just looking for stupid little things."

FERGUSON STORMS OUT AFTER REFEREEING CONTROVERSY (October 21, 2009)

Ferguson cut short his press conference ahead of United's game against CSKA Moscow when asked about being charged by the Football Association for labelling referee Alan Wiley unfit.

He said: "Silly question and it gets no answer. I've nothing to say about it. I'm at a press conference for a game tomorrow. I'm here to talk about that. Goodnight."

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