MANCUNIAN MIND GAMES
“If desperation is bringing back the best midfield player in Britain over the last 20 years, then I think we can accept that. [But] if you’re talking desperation, they were playing a player the other night who refused to go on the pitch, and the manager said he’ll never play again.
“Then he takes a five-month holiday in Argentina. What is that? Does that come under the description of desperation? Would I have picked him? Do I really need to answer that? No, I don’t need to answer it.” – Alex Ferguson after Patrick Vieira had suggested that the return of Paul Scholes had had a touch of desperation about it.
Ferguson went on the say that if City wanted to indulge in this sort of carry on then he had “plenty of ammunition”. Asked if he was bothered by the prospect of his counterpart playing mind games during the title run in, Roberto Mancini observed: “No, because I have a big helmet!”