Sir Alex Ferguson suggested he is not concerned by the controversy created by his autobiography after claiming he wrote the book as a parting gift for Manchester United supporters.
Ferguson has come under fire from several high profile personalities for his outspoken criticism former players and opponents, yet insisted that criticism has not worried him.
“I wrote the book for the fans, to let them understand why I had to make certain decisions and I didn’t write it for the press,” he told a sell-out audience at Salford’s Lowry Theatre.
“The book is to make people understand how difficult the [Manchester United] job is. It’s a massive club, the biggest in the world, and that expectation is always there.”
Ferguson also suggested there is no need for United fans to hit the panic button after an indifferent start to the season, believing media reaction to United setbacks tend to be a little more volatile than any other club.
“We had plenty of bad results by the way,” he reminded his audience. “One year we lost to Newcastle, lost to Southampton then lost to Chelsea a fortnight later. The BBC had a two-hour radio programme saying it was the end of Manchester United. We won the league by nine points that season.”
Ferguson’s appearance at Salford’s Lowry Theatre was watched by new United boss David Moyes, as well as Old Trafford legends Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton and Ferguson’s former striker and coach Brian McClair.