Sir Alex Ferguson has shown that despite being nearly 150 years old, he still hasn’t lost his sense of humour or his appreciation for irony.
The haranguing of referees is ridiculous, we know that.
We had a pivotal moment a few years ago when my players surrounded Andy D’Urso. I was off my head with them, I thought it was ridiculous. It never happened again.
We tell them to shake the hand of the referee after the game, when it is finished.
It is sometimes difficult but you have to do it, in the same way as when you lose a game and you invite the opposing manager in for a drink after the game.
I saw the other night one of my players changed his jersey with one of the Bolton players who had committed 10 fouls against him.
I said that was good because the match was over, all forgotten, we move on with life. I think that’s what we have to do.
This from the man who recently blasted Professional Game Match Officials Board manager Keith Hackett for his apparent lack of action in dealing with underperforming officials, and in the same week that Raf Benitez accused the United boss of trying to intimidate referees.
Is Fergie playing mind games? What do you think?