Ferguson cranks up mind games with broadside at 'desperate' title rivals City
Alex Ferguson has issued a withering attack on rivals Manchester City, describing their decision to recall Carlos Tevez as "desperate" and warning he has "plenty of ammunition" if City want to engage in title-race mind games.
The Manchester United manager's tirade was provoked by comments made by City's football development executive Patrick Vieira on Wednesday.
Vieira claimed Paul Scholes' return from retirement in January was a sign of weakness and added that United should be "really worried" by the loss of youngster Ravel Morrison to West Ham and difficulties in persuading 19-year-old Paul Pogba to stay.
Ferguson, whose verbal battles with the likes of Kevin Keegan, Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez during tense title run-ins have been a recurring theme, was scathing in his response yesterday.
"If it's desperation bringing back the best midfield player in Britain over the last 20 years, then I think we can accept that," Ferguson said. "If you're talking desperation, they were playing a player the other night who refused to go on the pitch and the manager says 'he'll never play again'. He then takes a five-month holiday in Argentina. What is that? Could that come under the description 'desperation'?" (© Daily Telegraph, London)