Fergie gave Evans ‘gentle advice’

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that Jonny Evans bore the brunt of

his anger following Manchester United’s disappointing first-half

performance against AC Milan.

The Red Devils came from behind to beat the Rossoneri 3-2 at

the San Siro on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions

League tie.

They went into half-time at 1-1 but had been on the back foot

for much of the opening 45 minutes after an uncharacteristically

poor display.

The defence looked shaky and Ferguson has now revealed that

centre-back Evans received the full force of his fury.

“I was just giving him a bit of gentle advice,” Ferguson said

in the Daily Mail.

“Our whole back four were going to get it, but he’s

unfortunate he was the nearest defender to me.

“They had to compose themselves, that was the most important

thing. After that, they settled and got very composed and got back

to their normal game.

“The result was very different because of that.”

Ferguson believes the atmosphere inside the stadium made it

difficult for his players to settle in the early stages, while he

concedes that he had also been affected.

“The one thing that’s so amazing is that for the first 15

minutes I felt in shock, really in shock, because the atmosphere

was unbelievable,” he explained.

“Coupled with the noise when they scored, it unnerved me and

it unnerved my players.

“No matter how much experience you have got, you get drawn

into that cauldron of noise, and to get through that really did

take a lot of courage.”

Milan midfielder David Beckham had a quiet game against his

former club after being asked to line up in a central role.

Ferguson admits that he had expected the England

international to play on the wing.

“I was surprised that they played David in central midfield;

I thought that they’d have played him wide right,” he stated.