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Ferdinand suggests Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve been furious with Maguire vs City

Manchester United and Manchester City players made headlines for their behaviour after the final whistle at the weekend.

The two local rivals played out a 0-0 bore draw at Old Trafford before plenty of hugs and pleasantries after the final whistle.

Former United captain Roy Keane slammed players from both sides for their behaviour after the game – and United legend Rio Ferdinand has now agreed with his sentiment.

Captain Harry Maguire was amongst those pictured embracing opposite number John Stones, seemingly with no repercussions.

Ferdinand admitted he would have intervened if any team-mates behaved in such a friendly manner towards their arch rivals.

He also told a story of Sir Alex Ferguson’s rage after his first Manchester Derby after striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy swapped shirts with a City player.

And he suggested the legendary former manager would have had stern words for the likes of Maguire after their behaviour.

Harry Maguire embraced Man City counterpart John Stones after the Manchester Derby

Ferdinand told FIVE : “Boring Manchester derby. Normally there’s pushing and shoving, normally there’s some needle in the game, some goals. This was just a 0-0 borefest, and at the end hugs all around.

“I think it’s been well documented on social media. Listen, the new generation are different, we can’t expect them to be the same as the way we were. We weren’t hugging and kissing, no Man City players or Liverpool players when we were playing because it was just a mad rivalry.

“Didn’t like them, didn’t like being at their stadium for longer than we needed to be, didn’t want to bump into any City fans during the week or after and the players, we were amicable.I get on with Joleon Lescott, Vinny Kompany among others, Joe Hart, Gareth Barry, all players who played for Man City at the time.

Rio Ferdinand has addressed how Man Utd’s behaviour towards Man City rivals would not have been tolerated in his era

“But during the time we weren’t close and hugs wouldn’t have been part of what we were doing. A good shake of the hand, ‘how are you doing mate’ with a grimace. There was an undertone there because we were rivals, it’s as simple as that.

“I don’t understand, I don’t get the hugging really. It’s not something I’ve done, I would’ve been on people for doing it. But I understand this generation are different.

“I’ll never forget, and this is what needs to happen. When I played for Man Utd, the first Manchester Derby I played in was at Maine Road, the old Man City stadium.

Rio Ferdinand suggested Sir Alex Ferguson would have pulled up behaviour from the weekend

“We got beat 3-1 I think, Goater scored a couple and they beat us. Coming into the changing room I could feel it, I could sense the atmosphere. Sat down, Ruud Van Nistelrooy walks in with a Man City shirt. He’d swapped a shirt.

“Sir Alex Ferguson went off his head, he went nuts. He didn’t go red, he went purple. He went mad. He absolutely flipped, ‘don’t you ever come into a changing room after a derby with a shirt of theirs. Ever, don’t bring one in this changing room’.

“From that moment I knew. I had the feeling before, but I was in no uncertain terms after I left the changing room that day that hugs and kisses, swapping shirts don’t happen in Man Utd vs Man City.

“That’s the way that I was shown at the beginning and that’s the way I continued. The question is now, is that the law being laid down now by the people that are there?

“Is there someone looking at a picture of the captain hugging one of their players? They might be mates, that’s fair, that’s fine, but is there someone in there saying, ‘listen, we don’t do that in here, what are you doing?’

“Who is that person telling him that? That’s the difference.”




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