Manchester United have denied widespread claims that they leaked news of David Moyes' sacking to the media 24 hours before telling the Scotsman that he had been fired.
The club have been heavily criticised for the way in which Moyes heard about his dismissal from the club.
Journalists in the north-west broke the news on Monday afternoon that Moyes was going to be sacked before Manchester United's next match against Norwich City on Saturday and claimed that the 50-year-old could even be sacked on Tuesday.
And they were spot on as Moyes' sacking was confirmed by the club on Tuesday morning.
The club wrote a brief 33-word statement on their website and official Twitter page in which they thanked Moyes for his 'hard work, honesty and integrity' during his short time at Old Trafford.
It was suggested that the journalists who all broke the story at around 2pm on Monday afternoon had been briefed by Manchester United before publishing the story.
However a spokesperson from Manchester United has today dismissed those claims by telling SkySports: "The decision was not taken until late Monday night and was communicated face-to-face on Tuesday morning.
"When reports started emerging on internet news sites on Monday afternoon, no decision had been taken at that time."