Manchester United manager reacts to Patrick Vieira comments
Patrick Vieira used to be a thorn in Manchester United’s side during the Frenchman’s playing days, although the former Arsenal midfielder is now part of the Manchester City set-up and he recently stirred things up with a jibe about the Red Devils.
March 23rd, 2012
Vieira claimed that the decision to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement smacked of desperation on the part of the Premier League leaders, even though this has been vindicated by the midfielder’s excellent performances.
Even so, Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Vieira and Manchester City, pointing to the recent example of recalling Carlos Tevez to the squad despite Roberto Mancini previously declaring that the Argentine was finished at Eastlands.
“If it’s desperation bringing the best midfielder in Britain back for the last 20 years then I think we can accept that,” said Ferguson.
“I think he (Vieira) was programmed for that. Roberto (Mancini) had a wee dig a couple of weeks back. We’re all going to play our hand that way. There will be plenty of ammunition for that.
“If you talk about desperation, they played a player the other night who refused to go on the pitch, the manager said he’d never play again and he takes a five-month holiday in Argentina. What is that? Could that come under the description of desperation?”
Sir Alex Ferguson is not someone who is usually beaten on the mind games front and he will just be frustrated that City weren’t denied victory against Chelsea on Wednesday after conceding the first goal.