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Ferguson wrong to discuss spats - Laudrup

ESPN staff
October 24, 2013
Ferguson on Beckham

Michael Laudrup believes former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to reveal confrontations with ex-players in his autobiography.

The Scot's book has caused plenty of controversy, with Ferguson targeting the likes of David Beckham, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney and going public with what happened behind the scenes at Old Trafford.

And Swansea boss Laudrup feels it was something the successful United manager should never have done.

"I think that when you are part of a football team it is [a] group. That means the players and the staff, including the manager and all that administration," Laudrup said.

"You are a group and the bigger things from the outside always try to come in, and as a manager you always say 'okay we have to try to be a group' and then suddenly a few years later things about that come out in books or in interviews.

"People sometimes start to talk about what happened there, and what people said. You think at that time everyone agreed they were all a group and you see so many times people coming out saying what happened and what he did.

"You can do it but I wouldn't do it, so don't expect me in five or 10 years' time to talk about what really happened with our penalty at Wembley (where Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman argued over who should take the penalty in the League Cup final) and whether I said anything to this player or that player."

Laudrup insists there are far more interesting lines in the book, and blames the media for the news the book is currently generating.

"If we are talking about a guy like Ferguson, I am sure there is a lot of really good stuff in there talking about and explaining games, tactics, systems that everybody could learn from," he added.

"But the headlines are all about these things about one player, or the other player wanting to leave. I saw some of the headlines yesterday, I refuse to believe that that is the most interesting stuff in the book.

"What Ferguson has achieved in so many years, there must be so many interesting things, so then I point my fingers at you guys [the media] about how can it be so interesting what happened one day with Roy Keane or a boot in the head of Beckham and why that happened?

"That can't be the most interesting thing in a book about a manager's life for 25-26 years."

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