Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spent a lifetime in football, but it appears he’s saved some of his best kicks for his former players in his long awaited autobiography.
In it Ferguson has labeled his former golden boy David Beckham as “the only player I managed who chose to be famous”.
Ferguson said he decided to sell Beckham after he accidentally kicked a boot into the player’s face during a post-match argument.
“The next day the story was in the press. In public an Alice band (a bandage worn by Beckham) highlighted the damage inflicted by the boot,” Ferguson said.
“It was in those days that I told the board David had to go. The minute a Manchester United player thought he was bigger than the manager, he had to go. That was the death knell for him.”
Ferguson said at his book launch overnight that Beckham’s focus shifted after he married the pop star Victoria Adams in 1999.
Ferguson also sunk the boot into Australian charge Mark Bosnich in his autobiography, calling the goalkeeper a “terrible professional”.
“We played down at Wimbledon and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu.
“I told him, ‘For Christ’s sake, Mark, we’ve got the weight off you. Why are you tucking into all that stuff?’
“We arrived back in Manchester, and Mark was on mobile phone to a Chinese restaurant to order a takeaway.
“Is there no end to you?
“I just couldn’t make an impact on him.”
The question is, with David Beckham also releasing his own book in a couple of weeks, who will win the Battle of Manchester this Christmas?
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