Mike Phelan claims he was almost sacked by Alex Ferguson for popping that balloon

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Chelsea vs. Manchester United at Stamford Bridge has provided us with some incredible matches.

From the 3-3 draw in February 2012 when United fought back from three goals down to Chelsea’s 5-0 thrashing of the Red Devils in October 1999, there have been plenty of entertaining clashes in west London between the two clubs.

But it’s not just the action on the pitch that has been entertaining in this fixture. An incident occurred off the pitch that will serve long in the memory.

Cast your mind back to 2008 and there was a stray balloon bobbling around the United dugout. Assistant manager Mike Phelan proceeded to pick it up and pop it prompting his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, to jump out of his seat and launch an angry tirade in his direction.

While we’re well aware of some of Ferguson’s high-profile disagreements with his former players, we haven’t heard of any falling outs with his staff.

However, the now Hull City boss has revealed he Ferguson almost sacked him for what he did.

"That was an incident that made me famous," claims Phelan.

"Regardless of what I did on the pitch.

"It got in my head, so I popped the balloon and nearly lost my job!"

Phelan is now in charge of Hull having been appointed on a full-time basis earlier this month. However, he will be bitterly disappointed with the way his full-time reign began after they lost 6-1 to Bournemouth last weekend.

Back at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho won’t have to worry about any stray balloons - despite many Chelsea fans wanting to celebrate his return to Stamford Bridge.

If a member of Mourinho’s staff did happen to burst a balloon scaring the Special One, don’t be surprised to see him taking it a step further than Ferguson and actually sacking the guilty person.

Just look at how he dealt with Eva Carneiro when she ran onto the pitch without his consent.

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