Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Patrick Vieira after the City ‘Football Development Executive’ labelled United ‘weak’ for bringing Paul Scholes back out of retirement.
The Guardian notes how the United boss commented:
“If it’s desperation bringing back the best midfielder in Britain for the last 20 years then I think we can accept that,” Ferguson said. “I think he [Vieira] was programmed for that. Roberto had a dig a couple of weeks back. We’re all going to play our hand that way. There will be plenty of ammunition for that.
“If you talk about desperation, they played a player the other night who the manager said he’d never play again and he takes a five-month holiday in Argentina. What is that? Could that come under the description of desperation?”
Ferguson also rejected Vieira’s assertion that a further sign of United struggling was their inability to keep hold of the midfielder Ravel Morrison sold during the January transfer window to West Ham and their battle to retain Paul Pogba.
“The point he made about Ravel Morrison and losing our young players – we wanted to sell him [Morrison] let’s be clear about that. But we want Pogba to stay because we think he’s going to be a fantastic Manchester United player.”
It seems Vieira’s attempts at mind games, may have backfired as many in the media have been critical of the club for bringing back Carlos Tevez who famously declared he didn’t want to play for City again, while his manager also noted how he wouldn’t.
With eight games left to play and a derby date set for April 30th, I seriously doubt this will be the end of the so-called ‘mind games’ between the two Mancunian clubs, although call me biased but I’m giving round one to Fergie. Altogether now, “Vieira, woah…”
Read the full story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/mar/23/sir-alex-ferguson-manchester-city?newsfeed=true