Sir Alex Ferguson was not full of much Christmas cheer this morning, it appears.
After the Manchester United manager was lucky to escape FA action after harassing Mike Dean and his officials during his side’s home game against Newcastle, the Magpies’ manager Alan Pardew suggested that Fergie was lucky not to be sent from the field of play.
Fergie responded in explosive fashion, going on a crazy rant and labelling Newcastle ‘a wee club in the North East’. Here is his rant in full:
“Alan Pardew has come out and criticised me, he is the worst at haranguing referees. He shoves them and makes a joke of it. How he can criticise me is unbelievable. He forgets the help I gave him, by the way.
“I was demonstrative but I was not out of order. The press have had a field day. The only person they have not spoken to is Barack Obama because he is busy. It is unfortunate but I am the manager of the most famous club in the world. Not Newcastle, a wee club in the north east.
“I was demonstrative. I am always demonstrative. Everyone knows that. I am an emotional guy. But I was not abusive. I shouted Mike over. We walked towards each other. I was only on [the pitch] three or four yards. That has been overplayed. The problem for me is that the profile of this club is huge.”
Quite why the Scot felt the need to give Pardew so much criticism is unclear, but some on Twitter wondered whether he had fallen asleep on Christmas Day watching Premier League Years from 1995/6?!