Sir Alex Ferguson has never been known to be a rude or impertinent person as far as evaluations of his rivals on the pitch are concerned.
This said, the Manchester United revered icon and legend could not suppress his hilarious reaction when asked if Tottenham Hotspur will ever win the Premier League title.
The Manchester United icon had guided the Old Trafford club to 13 Premier League titles, which could realistically have been more, having unfortunately lost multiple titles by a single point or, in the 2011/2012 season, by goal difference.
Uniquely, one team who never really caused issues for Ferguson’s side was Tottenham Hotspur, who somehow were never really posed any title-challenging threats to the Red Devils. On top of that, United were even guilty of poaching their best players habitually.
United had even remarkably produced memorable comebacks against the Londoners in earlier years, including surging back from a three-goal deficit in 2001 to finally win 5-3, to the immense dismay of their crest-fallen rivals.
Then came the occasion recently, when speaking on Sky Sports News at a horse-racing event, the celebrated Scotsman was asked whether Spurs, under current manager Ange Postecoglou, stand a chance of winning the Premier League.
Without even having to take a moment to reflect before answering, Ferguson immediately replied with a brusque “No” before raucously bursting into a fit of laughter.
For those baffled by the Scotsman’s curt ‘offensive’ response, this is easily explained historically – when during half-time of the 2001 game against Spurs, when the Red Devils were three goals down – Ferguson had made a caustic three-word comment about the credibility of the Tottenham side.
“Lads, it’s Spurs,” the tough-talking, no-nonsense Scotsman said to his United contingent at half-time of the game at White Hart Lane, according to the Manchester Evening News. All this makes even more sense that United actually managed to turn the game around to win 5-3 against the London club.
Adding to the congestion of the issue, Dimitar Berbatov had signed from Tottenham on deadline day back in 2008 and United and Tottenham’s relationship has been a tad tetchy since then, which is why it’s no surprise the Scotsman has delivered such a damning verdict regarding the Londoners chances of winning the league title.
Be that as it may, this season sees the North London side undergoing a renaissance of sorts under their big Aussie boss with the Lilywhites currently sitting in fourth place, seven points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Let’s see who laughs loudest at the end of the season.