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Ferguson calls ex-Manchester United keeper a 'terrible pro'

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Sir Alex Ferguson has branded former-Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich a 'terrible professional' in his new autobiography.

Released this afternoon, Ferguson's book details his Old Trafford career in full, and the Scot reserved some particularly harsh words for Bosnich - one of several keepers United signed in the wake of Peter Schmeichel's departure.

According to Ferguson: "Mark Bosnich was a terrible professional. We played down at Wimbledon and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu.

"I told him, “For Christ’s sake, Mark, we’ve got the weight off you, why are you tucking into all that stuff?

"We arrived back in Manchester, and Mark was on mobile phone to a Chinese restaurant to order a takeaway. “Is there no end to you?’

"I just couldn’t make an impact on him."

Following Schmeichel's exit in 1999, Ferguson tried and failed with several keepers - including Massimo Tiabi, Raimond van der Gouw and Fabien Barthez.

But Bosnich was the first to step in Schmeichel's shoes, signing for United from Aston Villa in the summer of 1999.

He made just 23 league appearances for the Red Devils in two years at the club, and was replaced by Barthez in 2000 after just one campaign as the club's number one.

And Ferguson admitted in his press conference at the book launch that he hasn't had much luck with goalkeepers - until Edwin van der Sar joined from Fulham in 2005.

"Mark got off to a real bad start - he turned up for training three hours late," Ferguson said. "He was overweight.

"We had a bad period trying to replace Peter Schmeichel. Goalkeepers are not my strongest point. By the time we got to Van der Sar it was a blessing."

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