Fergie's a Master of the Bully Boy Tactics; Jimmy.Greaves@people.Co.UK Greavsie

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Fergie's a Master of the Bully Boy Tactics; Jimmy.Greaves@people.Co.UK Greavsie


h kl ld l I HA Ao I HAD to chuckle at my old pal Sir Alex Ferguson's spectacular rants over the past week or so.

First he was furious with Michael Oliver for his handling of Robin van Persie's near-death experience down at Swansea last weekend.

F Oliv Per dowA col Tra allo And then Mike Dean and his colleagues got it in the neck at Old Trafford on Boxing Day after they allowed Jonny Evans' own-goal against Newcastle to stand.

Fergie blew his top because Toon striker Papiss Cisse was in an offside position - but the officials deemed he was not interfering with play.

agaFstri pos he w I on he pla abs stuH bul I don't think Ferguson was right on either occasion but both times he took the pressure off his own players and put it on others. He's an absolute master when it comes to stuff like that.

He is the biggest bully in football, and I don't mean that in a bad way. He is the greatest manager the game has seen and I reckon he has won just as many titles and trophies off the field for Manchester United as he has done on it.

don bad gre gam rec as m trop Ma he I gam alw way his Jack was to have black never he had recall he wanted boot into It's all a massive game for Alex, that always-hard-done-by way he acts, and all of his players know exactly what he is doing.

I laughed when he said van Persie could have been killed - footballs these days are like balloons compared to the ones we played with.

doiIPer foo bal plaI Wil bal didB I'm not saying Swansea's Ashley Williams did not mean to boot the ball at the Dutchman - of course he did.

But what an old lad like me finds so amusing and very difficult to understand is that anyone thought otherwise. Players these days think they invented these things, but they have always gone on.

so a und oth the havH priv gam helI wh Having a football kicked into your privates was part and parcel of the game when you were lying there helpless.

If you see an opportunity to whack the ball into an opponent Greavsie was talking to Sunday k i d h ' l h you take it, and that's exactly what Williams did. …

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