Real Madrid Jose Mourinho has long been a confirmed fan of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Portuguese has once again spoken of his admiration for the Scot.
Mourinho, guest of honour at last night’s LMA Hall Of Fame Dinner 2010 in London, told Real Madrid’s website: “Alex Ferguson is fantastic“.
“We belong to completely different generations, but it doesn’t seem so when we are together because we have many things in common. Every time we face each other, whether I win or he does, we end up embracing and having a little wine to celebrate our great friendship.”
Butt out of retirement.
Former United midfielder Nicky Butt may be about to come out of retirement after accepting an offer to train with Hong Kong side South China, according to the Press Association.
Butt, 35, was a product of the United academy and spent 12 years in the first team before moving to Newcastle in 2004. “I wanted some time out of the game to concentrate on my next step either in or out of football,” he said. “However I feel fit and when South China FC approached me to join them for a week’s training and a game, the prospect excited me.
“The development and growth of Asian football since 2002 has been phenomenal and can be seen from the influence of Asian players in the Premiership. I am really looking forward to this new experience and the challenges it will bring.”
Neville: I’m rubbish now.
Few associate a sense of humour with the modern Premiership footballer. Peter Crouch was once asked what he would have been had he not been a footballer and replied ‘a virgin’, but that aside today’s players are seen as largely humourless. No longer: step forward Gary Neville.
The Mirror reports that a fan encountered the veteran right-back in a local bar the night before a game at Old Trafford. The fan asked Neville if United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was okay with his players drinking the evening before a match and was told: “I’m not playing.
“I’ve not been picked. I was all right ten years ago but I’m rubbish now.”