As the fall-out from the Boxing Day shoot-out at Old Trafford intensifies, Sir Alex Ferguson has ramped up the heat in further meetings between the clubs: "I am the manager of the most famous club in the world. I am not like Newcastle, a wee club in the north east." (Via BBC)
Wee club in the north east?
Fans don't boo bad players, and his panicked reaction to Danny Simpson’s shot being turned over his own line by Jonny Evans must have brought back memories of another goal versus Newcastle he disputed.
Namely, the first of five in a 5-0 hammering he received off Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle in 1996.
It has only been 11 months since his team were last mauled by the Geordies, and if Newcastle are to draw Manchester United in the later rounds of The FA Cup, then fireworks are promised.
Here’s some beatings Newcastle have given Fergie's team to jog the septuagenarian's memory about Newcastle's true stature.