Alex Ferguson says Liverpool's 'spice boys' embarrassed club

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Sir Alex Ferguson says he knew Manchester United were going to win the 1996 FA Cup final against Liverpool after seeing the opposition emerge from their team bus wearing white suits.

The suits have become a symbol of a rather forgettable era in Liverpool's history when the term 'spice boys' was coined to describe the lavish lifestyles enjoyed by several first-team stars.

The likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp were ridiculed for their lack of success on the pitch when compared to their rivals at Manchester United, the now iconic 'Class of 92'.


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Liverpool's decision to wear the garish Armani suits, including a blue shirt, and red and white tie and topped off with a blue flower, is one that Ferguson believes only served to damage their chances of winning that famous final.

Speaking in the documentary 'Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success', soon to be aired on BBC One, the former Red Devils manager believes the players embarrassed Liverpool with their actions that day.

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"I said to [assistant] Brian Kidd '1-0'. Because of that," Ferguson says, according to the Manchester Evening News.

"I think that's, what would you call it? Arrogance or over-confidence. It was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. Blue shirt, red and white tie and white suit. And a blue flower.

"Who designed that? They say it was Armani. I bet his sales went down."

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"I mean Jamie Redknapp's got sunglasses on, but you know the most telling part of it is Roy Evans and Ron Moran had black suits on. I think they were embarrassed.

"Liverpool Football Club's a great club with history they've won the European Cup more times than Manchester United. Between Manchester United and Liverpool, they've won more trophies than any other club in Great Britain. That didn't represent Liverpool."

The one-off programme is set to air on BBC on Sunday October 11 at 10.30pm and includes interviews with Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo amongst others.

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