Sir Alex Ferguson appeared to be in a very jovial mood before Saturday’s FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley.
The 74-year-old, who retired from management three years ago, was spotted laughing and joking with several former players and even referee Mark Clattenburg ahead of kick-off. Retirement has clearly changed Fergie.
There was a particularly amusing moment before the cup final when Ferguson bumped into Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ian Wright, who were all working as pundits for BT Sport.
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Wright, who spent seven years at Arsenal and is the Gunners’ second all-time top goalscorer, cheekily asked Ferguson why he didn’t sign him.
The Scot then made the former England international burst out laughing by saying: “Sign you? You were too f***ing dear!” (Scroll down to watch the video).
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Video: Fergie jokes with Ian Wright
Ferdinand and Scholes both saw the funny side but Wright was in hysterics.
The 52-year-old is an Arsenal legend and even if United had made a bid for his services during the 1990s, it’s unlikely the Woolwich-born centre-forward would have willingly completed the switch from Highbury to Old Trafford.
Moreover, it’s safe to assume that Arsenal wouldn't have sold one of their key players to a direct rival.
Wright, despite never joining the Red Devils, left the Gunners with a Premier League winners’ medal, two FA Cups, one League Cup and one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
It’s possible that he would have won more under Ferguson, who cut a delighted figure after United’s 2-1 win over Palace at the weekend.
Ferguson delighted after FA Cup win
Jason Puncheon appeared to have secured a famous win for the Eagles when he put the London club ahead in the 78th minute, but an equaliser from Juan Mata three minutes later sent the match to extra-time.
Penalties were looking likely but a wonderful goal by Jesse Lingard won United their first FA Cup final since 2004.
Louis van Gaal to be axed within hours
However, Saturday’s triumph has not proved enough for Louis van Gaal to save his job.
Jose Mourinho will replace the veteran Dutch coach later this week.
An announcement over Van Gaal’s dismissal is expected to be made within hours.
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