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Sunday 26 October 2014

Audio: Former Manchester United player Paddy Crerand furiously denies Sir Alex Ferguson retirement news hours before manager steps down

Paddy Crerand is still an employee of Manchester United, some 40 years after retiring as a player. He wants to see Ronaldo (above) and his Real Madrid team-mates play United in the final at Wembley next month
Paddy Crerand is still an employee of Manchester United, some 40 years after retiring as a player. He wants to see Ronaldo (above) and his Real Madrid team-mates play United in the final at Wembley next month
(FILE PHOTO) Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he will retire at the end of the season after 26 years in charge. ABERDEEN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12:  Sir Alex Ferguson looks on during the pre-season friendly, match between Aberdeen and Manchester United at Pittodrie Stadium on July 12, 2008 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
(FILE PHOTO) Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that he will retire at the end of the season after 26 years in charge. ABERDEEN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 12: Sir Alex Ferguson looks on during the pre-season friendly, match between Aberdeen and Manchester United at Pittodrie Stadium on July 12, 2008 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
File photo dated 26/05/99 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following victory over Bayern Munich
File photo dated 26/05/99 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with the UEFA Champions League Trophy following victory over Bayern Munich

Manchester United European Cup winner Paddy Crerand was left red-faced today after appearing on radio this morning to angrily deny reports that Sir Alex Ferguson was about to retire as manager of the club.

Mr Crerand, who won two English League titles and the the FA Cup as well as the European Cup with the club, said "I think people must sit up at night thinking 'What can I do to make a sensational story?'"

In an angry rant on Dublin's Newstalk 106-108fm, the Scot said "Don't forget, newspaper reporters come under pressure from their editors - they've got to write something."

Hours after the interview was broadcast, Manchester United confirmed that Sir Alex was indeed stepping down after 26 years in the job.

Mr Crerand, who retired from playing in 1971, regularly appears as a commentator on Manchester United's television channel MUTV.

 

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