Sir Alex Ferguson has been gradually been creating a bit of a Godfather persona for himself over the last few years. He has made protecting his family dynasty a key priority, even in his professional life.
Take for example the BBC Panorama documentary in 2004, which accused his football agent son Jason of some shady dealings. The Beeb didn’t find a horse’s head on their pillow, but they have struggled to get two words out of Fergie since. And this is a man who loves giving two words to journalists.
Preston North End are the latest organisation to risk sleeping with the fishes. The Championship outfit sacked Fergie’s Jason’s twin brother, Darren, earlier this week.
Don Alex has graciously spared North End their lives. Instead he has simply recalled the three youngsters he sent on loan to Deepdale as a favour to Darren.
Belgian defender Richie De Laet, midfielder Matty James and improbably-Norwegian striker Joshua King have all returned to Old Trafford as the Ferguson family flexed their collective biceps.