Andrei Kanchelskis' Hilarious Story About How To Address Sir Alex Ferguson Is Superb

Former Manchester United winger Andrei Kanchelskis published an autobiography last night and inside it includes a priceless tale of one of his very first encounters with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Despite having no idea who he was signing for and only knowing that his agent told him was going to Manchester in 1991 before he turned up at Old Trafford, Kanchelskis joined the club from Shakhtar Donetsk.

In the book titled 'Russian Winters', he explains that it's common practice for foreign players to be taught swear words upon joining an English club and how to introduce themselves to their gaffer.

So when Fergie walked past in a corridor and let on, the Russian address his new manager by saying, 'Fuck off, Scottish bastard'.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Sir Alex, always one for banter, took it brilliantly. Here's the incredible excerpt in full, courtesy of David Childs.

I'm officially buying a copy after reading that outstanding snippet, and the fact that there's bound to be more stellar stories from the two-time Premier League winner.

One revealed in an interview with Four Four Two was that he forgot his boots for his first United training session and so had to buy some new ones that didn't even fit.

"When I first met Alex Ferguson he said, 'Tomorrow, you're training'," he said.

"Nobody told me that I'd be training. I hadn't bought my boots! I went to buy some, but they were terrible. They didn't really fit properly.

"I played really badly in a friendly, but fortunately they still gave me a contract."

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