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Ferguson: They say it was former Arsenal skipper Fabregas who threw pizza at me

In Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography, he has talked about the reaction of the Arsenal camp after United beat them 2-0 at Old Trafford and ended their 49 game unbeaten run.

Arsenal were furious about the result after United went 1-0 up thanks to a Ruud van Nistelrooy penalty. Replays showed that no contact was made. Five minutes after we scored, Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled in the penalty area by Ashley Cole, but the ref waved play on.

The Guardian: The referee Mike Riley indulged Rooney on his 19th birthday and Van Nistelrooy fired the ball low into the corner of the net. Although Arsenal were victimised then, they should agree that the officials favoured them by taking no action when Ashley Cole, for once bested by Cristiano Ronaldo, felled him inside the box in the 78th minute.

BBC: United did threaten, with Heinze heading wide, and they took the lead when Rooney earned a penalty after a foul by Campbell. Van Nistelrooy stroked in the spot-kick and United could have had another penalty when Cole brought down Ronaldo as Arsenal pressed for an equaliser.

United then went on to score again, having had more possession over the 90 minutes and having committed fewer fouls. The best team won. Arsenal didn’t see it that way though and responded like the spoilt little twats we know them to be.

My recollection of that fabled incident is that when [United striker] Ruud van Nistelrooy came into the dressing room, he complained that [Arsenal manager] Arsene Wenger had been giving him stick as he left the pitch. Right away I rushed out to say to Arsene: ‘You leave my players alone.’ He was incensed at losing the game. That was the reason for his combative behaviour.

‘You should attend to your own players,’ I told him. He was livid. His fists were clenched. I was in control, I knew it. The next thing I knew I had pizza all over me. We put food into the away dressing room after every game. Pizza, chicken. Most clubs do it. Arsenal’s food was the best.

They say it was [then Arsenal midfielder] Cesc Fabregas who threw the pizza at me but, to this day, I have no idea who the culprit was. The corridor outside the dressing room turned into a rabble. Arsenal had been defending a 49-game unbeaten record and had been hoping to make it 50 on our turf. It seemed to me that losing the game scrambled Arsene’s brain.

That day created a division between us, without doubt, and that rift extended to [assistant manager] Pat Rice, who stopped coming in for a drink after games. The wound was not fully healed until the Champions League semi-final in 2009, when Arsene invited us into his room after the game and congratulated us. When we played them at Old Trafford a few weeks later, Arsene came in with Pat, just for a few minutes.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. The Truth says:

    Stretford Enders should have brought pizzas to chuck at the Arsenal scum next time they came to Old Trafford. Why oh why did this not happen?

  2. Diego says:

    One of the worst crimes football fans (and fans of other sports for that matter) make is assuming the game would’ve continued in exactly the same manner as it had even if an important decision had been made in another way. It is totally illogical.

  3. rizal says:

    you said “Arsenal didn’t see it that way though and responded like the spoilt little twats we know them to be. ”

    Why are some of the most typical ManU fans are like you ? don’t you see clearly on that game yes Arsenal had loss but stick out to be seen the numbers wrongful and clear cut bias referring. (if it is 1 or 2 decision even including penalty is still acceptable but… )

    ManU fan be honest of what or who contribute the most for that ManU game win ?
    If you can’t say or even acknowledge it, I hope that you in your real life do not see the world as while you wear a ManU bias glasses.

  4. Charles O'wunmy says:

    What a nonsence act,why z some plaza not even being trained well,with home trainning a plaza lyke U for dat matter.Any way d reaction of SAF was gud,by nt react somehow.

  5. Harty67 says:

    rizal what are you talking about? That post has no sense to it at all, and if you don’t want people to see the world through their “ManU bias” glasses then can I suggest not coming on a site where that is exactly what you will get.
    And as for the post by Charles O’Wunmy……dear, oh dear!!

  6. Maltamanc says:

    Fuck me…. Some English lessons would come in handy here !!!

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    These are top comments from Ferguson and prove that he has loads of interesting stuff to say.

    Just wish he would stick to putting the boot in Arsenal and Roy Keane, and leave ALL our current players alone.

    Roy Keane tossing the dummy… Again!
    Keane: “Ferguson doesnt know meaning of the word loyalty”! :lol:

    Keep it up Roy, YAWN!

  8. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    Thank God there wasn’t any tapas or he would have been at it all day.

  9. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    Keano doesn’t know the meaning of respect. But that is a different matter. I love Keano, he was a United legend no matter how crazy he gets I will always shake his hand for that. And he loved the Club. Maybe too much.

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Ferguson counseled Moyes NOT to sign new contract from February. 8O

    Well it was Moyes who called Fergie, not the other way round! :roll:

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    More and more convinced that no one need actually buy the book. ;)

  12. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    @ Fletch – the book has pictures.

  13. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    @ Fletch – the book has pictures.

  14. FletchTHEMAN says:

    NBI, Just saying, about the text ofcourse. That’s why the wink and nod.

    I certainly plan to buy one for the collection. Might end up rather close to a certain tome “by” Roy Keane.
    No evidence that Keano actually read his “autobiography” before it was published. ;)

  15. Marq says:

    Hah, contrary to what Keane is ranting, I think Sir Alex was overly loyal to Keane until it reached the breaking point

  16. Captain frigate says:

    What players United have had throughout the years, a captain who went in to break a fellow peofessional’s legs, a star player kicking a fan, a ladyboy who moved on and an incredibly successful manager to handle all of them and then come out and criticize them after retiring (also got punched in the balls). How’re they not a national joke…oh right the silverware

  17. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    Thats why United is the worlds most interesting club and all the others are boring as shit. screw TOWIE and Made in Chelsea. United are the reason the EPL survives.

  18. NBI Red Moyesy says:

    Oh and other Clubs players and managers have written autobiographies, it’s just that no one reads them.

  19. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Here is the ITV footage of Roy Keane. They man has a point. It’s a sad truth about modern life that these footballing tell alls end up putting the boot in.

    Doesn’t say any of it isn’t true ofcourse! ;)

  20. Raging Bull says:

    The laugh is the ABUs and scousers all frothing at the mouths the daft cunts. All of a sudden Keano is patron saint of the abus. They’ve crucified him for years lolol. The best bit is the thick fucks just read the soundbite but not the chapter.

    I heard some daft twat saying Fergie shouldn’t be writing a book on Talksport. You what??? 27 years 13 titles but shouldn’t be writing a book?

    Fuck me have you seen the shelves at WH Smiths? Kevin Davies….I’m Brutal. Jamie Carragher….The nearly man. Sven….my life my loves fucking books by cunts but SAF shouldn’t be doing one lolol

  21. Raging Bull says:

    Fletch, Keane doesn’t have a point. He would have had he not been disloyal to SAF Queiroz the young players, Mick McArthy, The ROI players etc. Keano couldn’t get his book out quick enough slating everyone he’s ever met bar Brian Clough. I love RK but as he grew in stature his character became distorted and erratic. Great player but complicated man.

  22. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Ferguson on Roy Keane:

    Background for you newbies: Keano was sacked after he gave an MUTV interview very critical of some of our players:

    “I’m sure some of you will have seen the video of the interview . But we couldn’t release it. It was horrendous.

    “It resulted in two young players being booed before the next game.

    “It was about losing control.

    “If I’d have let it pass then I think the players would have judged me differently.

    “Roy overstepped the mark. We did well by him. Paid up his contract, gave him testimonial

    and honoured one of our great players.”

    Nice close which puts the lie to Keano’s ITV comments.

  23. Justin10RvN says:


    that article @20.12 sums up the reason i love Ruud, dude had balls and was passionate as fuck. not to mention scoring 150 in ~200 games ain’t to shabby. I loved Keano for the same reason but after he started his free fall of a decline he got bitter a became a cunt, still love the guy, i just don’t listen to much he says anymore.

  24. englebert says:

    Roy Keane is a bitter person and is not, in my eyes, a legend at the club. He played one of the best midfield roles ever against Juventus….no disputing that. but in the same game, the knob gets a booking meaning he cannot play in the final. The tossbag bitter twat…

  25. CTRed says:

    Some things are better left unsaid. If this is what happened Fergie was 100% right jettisoning Roy. That said there’s no reason to tell the world about it. Everyone has regrets and I’m sure this will be one of the great regrets of Roy’s life, but good to see him looking relaxed about it.

  26. CTRed says:

    Here’s a man we should have signed instead of Fellaini. Hope this rumor is true but can’t see us outdoing Ancellotti if Real come in for him.

  27. englebert says:

    @CTRed…fuckin hell! Give Fellaini some time! How many games has he played? Four? Jesus…again. Some posters on here are utter knobheads. God strewth…

  28. CTRED says:

    @englebert, Not intended to be a slate on Fellaini. I hope he comes good. He could be devastating for Everton like when he tore us a new one in 2012. That said Monto is a far better player and and would have been a much better signing by a mile, regardless of whether Fellaini reaches his potential at United.

  29. TheSheikh says:

    Moyesey can you please keep kagawa in the starting line up FFS.


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