How Sir Alex Ferguson left press officer stunned with TV demand at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson was a fierce competitor during his time at Manchester United.

The legendary manager enjoyed a lengthy spell of success at the club, winning an unprecedented 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League trophies.

But away in the dressing room, he was known for having a fierce temper and giving players the hair-dryer treatment if they were playing poorly.

However, according to one former press officer, his fury wasn’t just restricted to the playing staff.

In an interview with The Athletic, former West Brom press officer Chris Hall revealed he was once accosted by the legendary boss during a match at Old Trafford.

He explained that Ferguson had demanded the Baggies official come into his office and change the television to “get the Real Madrid game on”.

Hall was apparently too flabbergasted by the request to point out that he didn’t work for United, and went to change the channel regardless.

Elsewhere in The Athletic’s article, another press officer revealed he once had to go out and select the bottle of wine to be presented to Ferguson after his final game.

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The legendary Scotsman retired in 2013 after just shy of 30 years in the dugout at Old Trafford.

His final game came against West Brom, with on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku netting a hat-trick.

After the game, then-West Brom manager Steve Clarke presented Ferguson with a bottle of red wine worth roughly £100 selected by West Brom’s press officer at the time, John Simpson.

Ferguson’s last Champions League win came in 2008 as the Red Devils beat Chelsea on penalties, having defeated Barcelona over two legs to get to the final.

But according to Wayne Rooney, Ferguson wasn’t happy with the way his side had knocked out the Catalan side.

The manager apparently “hated” playing defensive football, and wanted his side to go out and attack Barca.

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