Man Utd hero says Alex Ferguson ‘blanked’ him for what he called him in book

A Manchester United cult hero has told how "big I am" Sir Alex Ferguson "totally blanked" him over something he wrote in his book.

And former Red Devils winger Lee Sharpe said the encounter with the Fergie came years after his autobiography had been published, suggesting the fiery-tempered Scot can really hold a grudge.

Sharpe joined United from Torquay for £200,000 in 1988, a record fee at the time for an apprentice player. He made the move after Ferguson travelled to the south coast to convince him.

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He played almost 200 games club, helping them to three Premier League titles, two FA Cup wins, a League Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup, before leaving for Leeds in 1996.

Speaking on the Quickly Kevin, Will he Score? The 90s Football Show podcast, Sharpe said he eventually decided to leave Old Trafford, with Ferguson being the main reason.

He said: "I just felt I’d had enough of Fergie and the way he was treating me.

"I was still in and out of the team. I couldn’t quite work out why I was playing bad one week and really good the next, and I wasn’t getting any help from him, so I just thought it’s time to go somewhere else and try pastures new, and maybe if someone buys me for a few quid they might be on my side a little bit more."

In 2005, almost a decade after leaving United and a year after hanging up his boots, Sharpe published his autobiography, My Idea of Fun, in which he gave his thoughts on Fergie.

Years later, his old gaffer, the most decorated manager of all time, was apparently still seething about it.

Sharpe continued: "I saw him a couple of years ago at the Man United golf day and he didn’t want to look at me but sort of said hello as he was walking past.

"But the time before that he completely blanked me.

"After I’d left United, he sort of said to me, ‘Listen, you’ve never been any trouble at this club, thanks for your services, if ever you need anything you know we’re here’.

"And obviously when I retired I did a book and put in the book that he was a bully, and I’d heard he fell out with me because of that.

"Then we were doing the player of the year awards for Man United at Old Trafford and me and Lou Macari were on MUTV, and the manager was coming down to do an interview, and they asked us to step aside so Fergie could go on.

"He came down the stairs, saw Lou Macari stood next to me and walked straight past me, shook Lou Macari’s hand and said hello, and went onto the set and totally blanked me."

He added: "I think it’s quite funny that he’s the big I am and that’s how he behaves."

When one of the podcast hosts suggested Ferguson could bear a grudge, Sharpe replied: “I would say so, yeah!”

Sharpe also played for clubs including Sampdoria, Bradford and Portsmouth, as well as turning out eight times for England.

Now 51, he lives in Spain where he owns a pub, Sharpey's Bar, in Javea, on the Costa Blanca.

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