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All Things Footie | Tuesday, February 18 | Jordan

Temper Temper

I’ve been trying to think of something to write that might make Ferguson’s boot hoofing, Beckham bashing shenanigans funnier. I’ve had to admit defeat.

I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that there’s a piece missing from the Jigsaw. There’s no doubt that Beckham has been deliberately drawing attention his stitches, and it’s common knowledge that he and Ferguson don’t see eye to eye on most issues. There’s certainly a mutual respect between the two, but not the same bond that exists between, for instance, Ferguson and Roy Keane.

Could this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back? How much longer does a player of Beckham’s sensibilities want to be pushed around and abused by an angry, moaning, red faced Neanderthal when there are any number of more civilised managers World wide who’d take him on in a shot and be happy to make him the centre of attention. I don’t think Beckham will leave, but what happens from now on will give us a good indication of where Man Utd Plc’s priorities lie.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Ferguson is furious at ‘an Arsenal player’ who witnessed the incident for leaking the story to the press. Now I'm not one for spreading incredulous rumours (*cough*) but there’s strong talk from Arsenal related sources that Ashley Cole was the player in question. Whilst visiting the United dressing room to talk to his England team-mate and personal friend Rio Ferdinand … I quote from the source (who will remain un-named) …

‘Ferdinand quickly ushered him [Cole] out saying that there was a major row. Apparently Rio told Cole that Ferguson was giving a Beckham a right going over and said to him, “Ashley Cole made you look a right c***.”

‘Beckham replied “well, Wenger has made you look a bigger c***, yet again.”

‘With that Ferguson picked up a boot and fired it at him. When Cole walked in to the dressing room, Neville and Scholes were holding Beckham up against the wall and a couple of others were holding back Ferguson.’

Now, I’ll be the first to admit it’s not entirely credible, I can’t see Ashley Cole just popping along to the United dressing room after beating them 2-0 (at Old Trafford too), but it’s certainly more interesting than it being an accident.

On an entirely different subject, thank God for the Champions League. I’ve never been a fan of Tuesdays, without the freshness of a Monday but still closer to the weekend gone than the weekend that has yet to pass (I’m sounding like someone out of Lord of the Rings now). The last three months with nothing but Eastenders to look forward to have contained many a lifeless Tuesday, but now there’s some top notch football on offer I feel rejuvenated, like Tuesdays have a point again. Not for the first time, football saves the day.

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