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The day Paul Ince crossed Sir Alex Ferguson

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Paul Ince recalls the day his Old Trafford career began to unravel when he crossed Sir Alex Ferguson.

Former England and Manchester United captain Paul Ince had a relatively short career with the Red Devils. It was ultimately cut short after only six years when he crossed Sir Alex Ferguson.

In an interview with talkSPORT, Ince recalls how the feud began.

Ince recall a game against Norwich.

He said:

“I think we were winning 3-0 or 3-1 and we got to the 92nd minute and I’ve got the ball in the middle of the park.”

“I went on a mazy run, beat one, a little step over and beat two but then lost the next one.”

“They went back down the pitch and nearly scored.”

“[After the game] Ferguson comes in [to the changing room] and goes absolutely ballistic at me.”

“Saying ‘who do you think you are? You ain’t no Maradona or Pele.”

“I said: ‘Gaffer, what are you on about?'”

“He said: ‘You’ve lost the ball in the 92nd minute and they could have scored.'”

“I said: ‘But they didn’t gaffer and we won 3-1.’

The row escalated with the two squaring off and then assistant Brian Kidd stepping in between the pair.

Fergie was not one to back down from a battle.

After a fall out over a game of head tennis, Fergie pulled rank and in no uncertain terms let Ince know who the real boss was.

He added:

“He said to me ‘there’s only one Guvnor around here, Incey, and it ain’t you.”

There was only ever going to be one winner. Not long after Ince was sold and his United career was over.

He never won another trophy after he left Old Trafford, while Sir Alex went on to dominate the footballing world.

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