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“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!”

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