Friday 23 February 2018

The Men who took in Fergie


DAVID BECKHAM – Four months after wearing an Alice-band to highlight the wound sustained after he was struck by a boot kicked by Ferguson, Beckham was sold to Real Madrid for £25m.

JAAPSTAM – An integral part of the 1999 Treble-winning team, but the Dutch defender was sold to Lazio in 2001 following a series of revelations in his autobiography.

PAUL INCE – Irritated Ferguson with his self-styled ‘Guv’nor’ nickname before being sold to Inter Milan in the summer of 1995. Ferguson later described the midfielder as a “big-time Charlie”.

ROY KEANE – Contract was terminated in November 2005 after allegations of an explosive rant on MUTV against his teammates and Ferguson’s then assistant, Carlos Queiroz.

RUUD VAN NISTELROOY – Scored 150 goals in 219 games, but was dropped for the 2006 Carling Cup final and then sold to Real Madrid following a trainingground row with Cristiano Ronaldo.


RYAN GIGGS – At 18, enraged Ferguson by partying with Lee Sharpe during a tense title run-in with Leeds. Giggs said: “He charged into the house like a bull in a china shop, red-faced with rage, like some uncontrollable force of nature.” Eighteen years on, Giggs is still going strong.

PAUL SCHOLES – Refused to “play with the kids” in Worthington Cup clash at Arsenal in November 2001. Forced to play testimonial at Barnsley 24 hours later, but remains a key figure to this day.

NANI – Accused Ferguson of “breaking my confidence” last season. Lengthy spell on sidelines followed, but is now a first-team regular.

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