Don't mention the Ryder Cup: Fergie turns hairdryer on hack
Man U manager blasts his own players, foreigners and a reporter who asked about golf yesterday
MANCHESTER United's defence might not be functioning at the moment but Alex Ferguson's hairdryer is operating on full power. On Saturday the United manager gave referee Chris Foy his infamous 'hairdryer' treatment in the wake of his side's 3-2 defeat to Tottenham, claiming not enough stoppage time was played at Old Trafford.
Now Fergie's blasting his own players, foreigners and even a hapless reporter. The hack who got a hairdrying was a chap from Sky Sports, who presumably thought he'd jolly up the United boss by asking what he thought of Europe's victory in the Ryder Cup. After all, Fergie likes his golf… doesn't he?
Not when he's at a press conference to talk about United's prospects of beating Transylvanian side CFR Cluj in tonight's Champions League clash he doesn't.
"Listen, listen," growled Ferguson when asked about the golf. "This is a press conference about a bloody football match... I'm not answering that. We're here to talk about football. Christ."
Having reduced the Sky man to a quivering wreck, Ferguson then turned his attention to his side's performance against Spurs in which United conceded three goals in their first home defeat to Tottenham in 23 years. "You have to be concerned losing goals the way we did against Tottenham," muttered Ferguson, who rarely criticises his players publicly.
"We were well off the pace of the game and I don't think we won a tackle in the first half. Based on our first half against Southampton, the first half at Liverpool and first half on Saturday, we have some work to do in that respect."
There was plenty of defensive work being done at United's Carrington training ground on Monday ahead of tonight's clash with the Romanian champions, but Fergie still found time to blast Sergio Aguero's claim that Premier League referees are less inclined to award penalties to foreign players than they are British ones.
Asked what he thought of the Manchester City striker's view, Fergie terse response was: "Down the years there have been plenty of players diving and, you have to say, particularly foreign players."
Blimey, who needs garlic in Transylvania when you've got Fergie's hairdryer? Dracula's probably hiding under his coffin.