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Sir Alex shows United’s respect to ‘little Crawley’

Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to allow little Crawley Town any chance of causing an upset against Manchester United in the fifth round FA Cup tie at Old Trafford on Saturday. Together with his assistant Mike Phelan, the wily manager was at Wrexham on Tuesday to check on the non league side ahead of the game. Top of their list of things to see was 28 goal hotshot Matt Tubbs, with Fergie confessing that “A lot of people are talking about these boys – I thought I’d take a look for myself.”

Sir Alex shows United's respect to 'little Crawley'

Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to allow little Crawley Town any chance of causing an upset against Manchester United in the fifth round FA Cup tie at Old Trafford on Saturday. Together with his assistant Mike Phelan, the wily manager was at Wrexham on Tuesday to check on the non league side ahead of the game. Top of their list of things to see was 28 goal hotshot Matt Tubbs, with Fergie confessing that “A lot of people are talking about these boys – I thought I’d take a look for myself.”

Secret story behind Ferguson’s United survival

Veteran journalist David Miller has been writing football for over half a century, became sports editor of the Times of London and a columnist for the Daily Express. He has also been awarded the famous Jules Rimet Centenary Award in 2004 given to journalists who have covered 11 or more World Cups. Miller has now revealed just how close Manchester United came to replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the winter of 1989 but that sensational story which could have changed football history was never published. Miller goes on to explain what happened behind the scenes…