23
Jan

Drunk Man United fan calls 911 asking to speak to Sir Alex police claim

According to Manchester Police, an audibly upset and intoxicated Manchester United fan called up the Greater Manchester Police’s 999 line shortly after the Red Devils crashed out of the League Cup to Sunderland, asking to talk to none other than former manager Sir Alex Ferguson because “the result is all wrong.”

When told by the operator that this was, in fact, the emergency police line he dialed, the fan insisted he had a crime to report:

"Yeah I’ll report a crime. The crime… is that… Manchester United… Manchester United… were absolutely knackered!"

The GMP later went to Facebook to clarify the purpose of the 999 line and to direct other disillusioned United fans to try reaching the club directly:

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Interestingly, the “emergency” phone call comes just a couple days after some pranksters over at Paddy Power put up an “emergency” Sir Alex wax figure outside of Old Trafford:

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You have to forgive United fans for insisting that Sir Alex has all the solutions to the club’s sudden downfall since retiring. Still, maybe the calls for him to return have gone a bit too far.

H/T Telegraph

20
Jan

Paddy Power publicity stunt strikes Old Trafford

The folks at Paddy Power are at it again. Their latest display falls somewhere between the 100 foot statue of Roy Hodgson during the 2012 Euros and Nicklas Bendtner’s underwear reveal.

It started with a tease yesterday after Manchester United’s loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The prank delivery at Old Trafford would only add salt into the wound for David Moyes and the struggling Red Devils.

Sitting in 7th and more than 10 points off of table leaders Arsenal, life after Fergie has been a rough one so far for United. It’s not quite emergency at Old Trafford yet, but should the Red Devils fail to claim a Champions League spot (or worse, finish outside of the top six), fans may be be quick to grab a sledgehammer to take to the glass.

22
Oct

Sir Alex Ferguson criticizes former players in book, Roy Keane hits back

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Sir Alex Ferguson released his new autobiography on Tuesday, and Fergie was quick to criticize several of his former star pupils at Manchester United, most notably David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney and Roy Keane.

While Beckham was chided for his celebrity status, and van Nistelrooy and Rooney for their unhappiness (you can read more excerpts from Fergie’s book here), Keane was predictably blasted for his temper.

According to Fergie’s book, Keane once “slaughtered” several of United’s senior players in an unreleased interview with the club’s in-house TV station MUTV, which angered Ferguson:

"It was frightening to watch. And I’m from Glasgow," Ferguson says. "He has the most savage tongue you can imagine."

Luckily for us, hours after the book was released Keane was scheduled to join ITV’s Champions League coverage, giving the former midfield hothead a perfect platform to respond to Ferguson’s criticisms.

We’ll let you watch Keane’s full reaction below, but undoubtedly the haymaker of his rant must be when he claims that Ferguson doesn’t know the meaning of the word “loyalty.”

(Video H/T: Pies)

14
Oct

Sir Alex Ferguson gets his own road named after him

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As if getting your own stand and statue at Old Trafford isn’t enough to remind people of your greatness, Sir Alex Ferguson has now also been honored with his very own road.

Dubbed “Sir Alex Ferguson Way,” the road lies adjacent to OT and should help identify the Manchester United coaching legend to those who have been living under a rock for, well, the past quarter of a century.

Before unveiling the sign, Ferguson said:

It’s a privilege and an honor to have a road named after me. You don’t expect these things in life. It encapsulates probably the last 26 years - coming to the great club, the history of it. It’s been an incredible journey for me, ending today for me to unveil this road sign: Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

I’m really proud of that and I’m proud of everyone who has been associated with the club.

I’d like to thank Manchester United for inviting me down here, 26 years ago. It was a fantastic elevation in my life and a challenge I accepted. And we are where we are now.

The 71-year-old Scot was also awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony on Monday. The Honorary Freedom is the highest honor that the council can bestow, recognizing outstanding contribution to services in the borough. It has only been awarded two other times.

Apparently, winning 38 trophies in 26 years counts as “outstanding contributions.” Tough to argue that.

Sir Alex is the second United legend to have a road named after him, following Sir Matt Busby, one of his coaching predecessors. Sources speculate that, at this point, it is unlikely for current manager David Moyes to also get a road of his own one day.

Instead, Moyes will have just one more thing to remind him how impossible his task is of filling Sir Alex’s ginormous shoes.

H/T The Guardian

1
Jul

First day in Moyes’ United reign

Today marks the first day in the reign of David Moyes as Manchester United manager. Taking over from the legendary figure of Sir Alex Ferguson, fellow Scotsman Moyes is under instant pressure to deliver at Old Trafford.

The former Everton boss will need to make a statement of intent with his first signing then. According to today’s papers, Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has been identified as just that man. At $25m, the center-back doesn’t come cheap, but he’ll relish the chance to prove himself on a grander stage.

For all these rumors and more check out today’s edition of Paper Chase.

15
Jun

SAF prepared to help United bring back CR7

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Manchester United are set to pull out all the stops in their quest to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. That includes using former manager Sir Alex Ferguson as bait for the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo has previously described Fergie as a “father figure”, having spent a few years under his wing at Old Trafford before becoming the most expensive player ever when transferring to Real Madrid for £80million in 2009.

Read about this rumor and more in today’s Paper Chase.

20
May

Sir Alex Ferguson’s last chewed gum sold for $640,000

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Well come on, who didn’t see this coming?

Someone at The Hawthorns on Sunday supposedly recovered Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever piece of gum chewed as Manchester United manager. Of course, it quickly found its way onto ebay, where the gum sold overnight for nearly $640,000

We’re a little disturbed by how many people fought over this piece of dry, yet saliva-infused, memorabilia, nor can we even be sure of its authenticity. But apparently all proceeds go to charity, so that’s nice.

The listing read as follows:

Used chewing gum: RARE. Recovered from The Hawthorns. Clear perspex/wooden case.

Unofficial merchandise, rumoured to belong to Sir Alex.

After 1,500 games of intense chewing as manager of Man Utd, here lies Fegie’s last piece of chewing gum.

All proceeds go to the MU Foundation charity.

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