Wouldn’t Like Him When He’s Angry: The Top Three Fergie Bust Ups
November 15, 2015
During Alex Ferguson’s 26 years at Manchester United few dared to cross him. He was famously stubborn, and even more famously gave anyone who crossed his path the hairdryer treatment. Those who answered back saw the door pretty quickly.
It’s what made the club such a success, no player was bigger than Manchester United. There are many stories about Fergie’s fallouts, and with it almost a decade on since he infamously sacked Roy Keane we delve into some of the manager’s biggest bust ups.
Like Keane, Paul Ince was a Manchester United stalwart before being sold off by Fergie once he’d got his use out of him. Ferguson labelled The Guv’nor – as he liked to be known – a ‘big time Charlie’ and shipped him off to Inter Milan in 1995, just as the likes of Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and David Beckham were beginning to come through the ranks.
Jaap Stam was one of the greatest defenders the Premier League has ever seen, and is also one of Sir Alex’s biggest regrets. The Scotsman has since admitted it was a mistake to let Stam move on in 2001, when they famously met on a petrol station forecourt.
The decision came after the centre half claimed Ferguson tapped him up before taking the move from PSV to United, something which the boss didn’t take kindly too. After 128 appearances for the Red Devils, he was replaced by an ageing Laurent Blanc who retired at the club two years later.
As we’ve already mentioned, Sir Alex Ferguson believed nobody was bigger than the club, and that was certainly the reason David Beckham was shown the door in 2003.
Brought into the squad as part of the Class of 92, Beckham was not only a hero at United, but across the country thanks to his huge celebrity status and a free-kick which couldn’t be matched anywhere in the world. A dressing room bust-up which saw Beckham needing stitches became public knowledge and Real Madrid paid a handsome €35million for the midfielder, where he would go on to make 155 appearances for before changing the face of the MLS with LA Galaxy.