Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted even he would not be immune from the ire of supporters should things start going wrong for Manchester United.

Ferguson faces another of his former players on Sunday when Alex McLeish brings his injury-hit Aston Villa side to Old Trafford looking for the victory that would almost certainly secure their Premier League status after a miserable run of form.

"I think so, yes," said Ferguson, when asked whether the abuse McLeish has received could happen anywhere. "It is a change in society."

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