Sir Alex Ferguson insists we have nothing to worry about where the stories of tapping up are concerned

“There has been a lot of jumping on the bandwagon of course but I can assure you that Manchester United have behaved absolutely correctly in all their dealings with young players and their parents,” said Ferguson. “There has never been a case, ever, that we have paid parents. It would be crazy to even contemplate that because it would be the biggest headache you could ever have, paying a parent. This was levelled by some frustrated director at the French club and he’s now going to have to retract. We do it impeccably. They were always going to bring Manchester United into it because they are the biggest club, but without any foundation, without any knowledge of the situation whatsoever. What other clubs do is subject to a lot of controversy at the moment but I’m confident at our own club.”