Sir Alex Ferguson sworn at 15-year-old Darren Fletcher over Manchester United decision

Sir Alex Ferguson threw a huge rant at the former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher when he was 15 – because he was considering rejecting the club.

The Red Devils made contact with Fletcher early on but the midfielder didn’t make an immediate decision and it left Fergie sweating.

“I almost signed for Newcastle United,” Fletcher told the Lockdown Tactics podcast.

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“I had been going to United since I was 12 and Newcastle were the second biggest team at that stage. team, difficult to break through, Newcastle is closer to home.

“I really enjoyed it there, great club, Sir Alex Ferguson at this stage [2002] was going to retire.”

The news came back to Old Trafford and Ferguson was less than thrilled – so he decided to sort it out himself.

“So the word goes back to Sir Alex and he phoned home one evening and my sister picked up the phone. ‘Here, Darren. This is for you’. It’s just that the boss is going absolutely nuts.

“I’m 15, I’m just chalk white and he’s giving it to me on the phone. My mom sees me and grabs the phone and listens for a few seconds and says, ‘don’t talk to my son like never again and hangs up the phone.

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“So the next minute the phone rings again, it’s Sir Alex: ‘very sorry, Mrs Fletcher, but we really love your son, I’m taking the next flight to Edinburgh’.

“My mum looks around the house thinking, ‘I haven’t cleaned, I have a lot of laundry.’ She says, ‘no you’re not, they’ll come and see you’.”

He is now back at United as technical director and works closely with caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick as well as behind the scenes.

“To be honest, deep down I could say my dad recognized going to Man United was the best thing for me, Sir Alex doing that. Anyway, it worked out, you go to Manchester United at 15 and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made and the manager, what an influence he’s had on my career.”

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Image Credit: Alamy

Fletcher was struck down with ulcerative colitis in 2011 which impacted his final seasons at Manchester.

Despite this, Ferguson has always been there for him and his family which the 38-year-old will always appreciate.

“He’s another who’s been there for me every step of the way. He’s the one who gave me my first-team debut, saw me through injuries when I was young, and more than everything, that time I was away sick, taking care of myself,” Fletcher explained.

“I was worried about my contract and he said to me, ‘don’t worry about it, you have to prepare for your family, you have to prepare for the rest of your life, don’t worry about the football.”

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