Sir Alex blasts pundit Hansen

Ferguson has always had a frosty relationship with Hansen,

dating back to 1986, when he left the central defender out of his

Scotland World Cup squad.

In more recent times, it is a source of some amusement to the

United boss that Hansen came out with that famous line about never

winning anything with kids in his first assessment of the group

that went on to dominate the English game.

However, Ferguson has been annoyed by the recent condemnation of

his side, with Hansen at the head of the queue.

And, in his programme notes ahead of Tuesday night’s Premier

League encounter with Stoke at Old Trafford, the United boss made

it clear he feels Hansen is well wide of the mark.

“After the Arsenal game, one of the London papers said we were

the worst United team he has seen, and I noticed Alan Hansen was at

it again, saying we had not played well for one and a half years,”

Ferguson told United Review.

“I reckon that comment goes alongside his claim a few years ago

that you don’t win anything with youngsters, and you know how he

ended up with egg on his face after dismissing the Ryan Giggs, Paul

Scholes, David Beckham, Gary Neville crop of kids so foolishly.

“Maybe he was just trying to rattle us on the eve of going to

play his old club at Anfield in the cup at the weekend.

“I don’t know how some of the critics come to their

conclusions.

“Yes, we have had our bad days (who doesn’t?), losing to

Manchester City and then folding against Blackburn before crashing

out of the FA Cup.

“Forget the fact that we had 14 players out with injury for the

Blackburn fixture and that we were missing a few at Liverpool; we

won’t use injuries as a crutch, we will simply concentrate on

getting our message across out on the pitch.

“I have every confidence that we will give a good account of

ourselves – even perhaps play well enough to convince pundit

Hansen.”