What Sir Alex Ferguson Said To David Beckham After Boot Kicking Incident
Fallings out in football happen all the time and we don't always know what happened. We do know what happened when Sir Alex Ferguson kicked a boot at then Manchester United winger David Beckham.
Right now there doesn't feel like anyone in the Manchester United dressing room that Jose Mourinho hasn't fallen out with, or at very least that he hasn't tried to fall out with.
Paul Pogba is of course the headliner when it comes to all of Mourinho's ongoing feuds and it's left fans of the club to try and decide if the problem is the player acting bigger than the club or the manager being his usual self that's the problem.
Many have made out like spats between players and manager are a new thing invented by Jose but of course at Old Trafford they used to happen all the time with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Probably the most famous issue was between Fergie and David Beckham, especially when the Scot kicked a boot at Beck's beautiful face following a loss in the FA Cup.
Writing in his autobiography, via the Mirror, Fergie explained the incident including what he said after:
"He was around 12 feet from me. Between us on the floor lay a row of boots. David swore. I moved towards him, and as I approached I kicked a boot," wrote Fergie.
"It hit him right above the eye. Of course he rose to have a go at me and the players stopped him. 'Sit down,' I said. 'You've let your team down. You can argue as much as you like.'"
The 76 year old also explained that he knew in the days after the incident that he would have to sell Beckham, who'd already been linked to Real Madrid, adding: "The next day the story was in the press. In public an Alice band highlighted the damage inflicted by the boot. It was in those days that I told the board David had to go.
"My message would have been familiar to board members who knew me. The minute a Manchester United player thought he was bigger than the manager, he had to go.
"I used to say, 'The moment the manager loses his authority, you don't have a club. The players will be running it, and then you're in trouble.'"
Whether or not Pogba and Mourinho can fix their relationship remains to be seen but if you're still split on who to back it seems Fergie would go with the former Chelsea boss.
If the Frenchman does leave without the manager kicking something at him then Jose will have one up on the legendary Scot.