United boss slams Kop leg­end

Midweek Sport - - TONIGHT'S PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION - By GREG LLOYD

MAN UNITED boss Sir Alex Fer­gu­son has launched a sting­ing at­tack on Alan Hansen – claim­ing the for­mer Liver­pool star will end up with egg on his face again.

Fergie in­sists Hansen, now a BBC pun­dit, will look silly for claim­ing United have not played well for 18 months.

The Red Devils boss has a frosty re­la­tion­ship with Hansen, dat­ing back to 1986 when he left the de­fender out of his Scot­land World Cup squad.

An­noyed

In more re­cent times, Hansen came out with his fa­mous line about “never win­ning any­thing with kids” in his as­sess­ment of the group that went on to dom­i­nate the English game.

And Fer­gu­son’s been an­noyed again by the re­cent con­dem­na­tion of his side, with Hansen at the head of the queue.

In his pro­gramme notes for last night’s Premier League clash with Stoke, the United boss made it clear he feels Hansen is wrong.

“Af­ter the Arse­nal game, one of the London pa­pers said we were the worst United team he has seen, and I no­ticed Alan Hansen was at it again, say­ing we had not played well for one-anda-half years,” Fer­gu­son told United Re­view.

“I reckon that goes along­side his claim a few years ago that you don’t win any­thing with young­sters – and you know how he ended up with egg on his face af­ter dis­miss­ing the Ryan Giggs, Paul Sc­holes, David Beck­ham and Gary Neville crop of kids so fool­ishly.

“Maybe he was just try­ing to rat­tle us on the eve of go­ing to play his old club at An­field in the cup at the week­end.

“I don’t know how some of the crit­ics come to their con­clu­sions. Yes, we have had our bad days (who doesn’t?), los­ing to Man City and fold­ing against Black­burn be­fore crash­ing out of the FA Cup.

“For­get the fact that we had 14 play­ers out with in­jury for the Black­burn fix­ture and that we were miss­ing a few at Liver­pool; we won’t use in­juries as a crutch, we will sim­ply con­cen­trate on get­ting our mes­sage across out on the pitch.

“I’ve ev­ery con­fi­dence that we will give a good ac­count of our­selves – even per­haps play well enough to con­vince pun­dit Hansen.”

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