"Are You Serious?" - The Day Sir Alex Ferguson Walked Out Of A Press Conference After Being Disrespected
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Sir Alex Ferguson once walked out of a press conference after being told his Manchester United side were 'struggling'.
Ferguson ruled Old Trafford with an iron fist for 26 years and he wasn't afraid to speak his mind pre and post-match.
Back in 2011, United dropped out of the Champions League and into the Europa League for the first time since 95/96 after losing 2-1 to FC Basel.
The previous year had seen United win the Premier League and reach the Champions League final before losing to Barcelona.
Pressure was building and following a 2-2 draw to Benfica in their penultimate group game, Ferguson was asked a question he didn't like at all.
"Given that the two best teams in the Premier League [Manchester United and Manchester City] are struggling in Europe this season, are standards slipping in the Premier League or is this one of those things?" Someone said.
United were battling with City at the top of the Premier League and hoped to stop their rivals winning it for the first time.
"Say that again?" Ferguson responds as a deafening silence permeates the room.
The reporter then repeats his question and says: "The two best teams in the Premier League are struggling right now in Europe-"
Before he can finish, Ferguson is up out of his chair and tucking it in.
The Scot says as he's leaving: "Struggling? Thank you. Are you serious? We’re not struggling."
Following that interview, United suffered defeat in Switzerland and lost captain Nemanja Vidic to long-term injury.
They'd also be eliminated from the Europa League in the round of 16 at the hands of Athletic Bilbao.
Ironically, City would join them on Thursday nights after coming third in their Champions League group.
Roberto Mancini's side were then knocked out by Sporting CP in the last 16.
Maybe the journalist was actually on to something when he said both teams were struggling in Europe?
Without the distraction of that, United and City played out one of the most dramatic title races in English football history and both teams had the same points total on the final day.
United thought they had their historic 20th title tied up after winning 1-0 at Sunderland, with City 2-1 down to Queens Park Rangers in added time.
You know what happened next. Edin Dzeko made it 2-2 in the 92nd minute before Sergio Aguero popped up with a dramatic winner in the 94th minute to send the blue side of Manchester wild.
City had won their first title and confirmed they were here to stay.
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