‘I’m telling you, don’t’ - Man Utd great Sir Alex Ferguson issues brutal Liverpool dig

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a fresh swipe at Liverpool over those infamous white suits.
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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a dig at Liverpool during a special speech.

Ferguson continued the tradition of rivalry with Liverpool during his long and successful managerial career with United. The legendary boss managed domination over the Reds during his time at Old Trafford, ensuring they did not win the Premier League title during his reign.

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And he also denied Liverpool a number of other trophies, including the 1996 FA Cup, when the Liverpool players infamously wore white suits for their trip to Wembley Stadium.

United went on to win 1-0, and it’s fair to say the white suits did not go down well. Fast-forward to the current day, and Ferguson has given a speech to the Sale Sharks rugby team at Carrington this week ahead of their Premiership final this weekend, and he made reference to those white suits from 1996.

"To lose, you don't want to lose," Ferguson said. "I wish you all the best on Saturday. The thing is, I'm telling you, don't wear a white suit for Christ's sake! Concentration ... you're not there to enjoy it, you're there to win."

Speaking about the suits previously, Ferguson laid into Liverpool, saying: “Christ almighty. Why did they do that? I said to Brian Kidd [Ferguson’s then assistant] ‘1-0’ – because of that [Liverpool’s white suits].

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“It’s – I don’t know what you’d call it – arrogance, over-confidence, I don’t know what, but it was ridiculous. I think it was absolutely ridiculous. Blue shirt, red and white tie, a white suit and a blue flower. Who designed that? They say it was Armani – I bet his sales went down! Jamie Redknapp’s got his sunglasses on, but the most telling part of it is that Ron Evans [Liverpool boss] and Ronnie Moran [assistant boss] had black suits on. I think they were embarrassed.

“Liverpool Football Club is a great club with history. They’ve won the European Cup more times than Manchester United. Between United and Liverpool they’ve won more trophies than any club in Britain. That didn’t represent Liverpool.”