Sir Alex Ferguson's Liverpool jibe after Man Utd Premier League title triumph
Former Red Devil Ronny Johnsen has given a hilarious take on Ferguson's managerial style, the former Norway international having enjoyed a six-year spell at Old Trafford after arriving in 1996
Sir Alex Ferguson once jokingly urged his Manchester United title winners to listen to the manager going "ballistic" after they pipped their fierce rivals to the Premier League crown.
Former Red Devil Ronny Johnsen has given a hilarious take on Ferguson's managerial style, the former Norway international having enjoyed a six-year spell at Old Trafford after arriving in 1996.
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The versatile Johnsen capped off his debut season with a memorable title triumph, in which United wrapped up the 1996-97 league crown with a 3-1 title-deciding win at Anfield.
And Johnsen, who was speaking to the , has revealed how Ferguson reacted in the away dressing room.
“We came into the changing room and the gaffer came in a little bit late,” Johnsen said.
“We were buzzing and he said: ‘Quiet, quiet!’ The changing rooms in that stadium are very close to each other and you can hear their manager go ballistic and [Ferguson] is like: ‘Listen, you can hear them!’
Indeed it was a remarkable finale to a season which began with a tough opening game of the season against Wimbledon.
And Johnsen looks back on his maiden Premier League spell with fond memories.
"I was on the bench, but came on, I think, at the beginning of the second half [and played] in midfield,” he added.
“A long ball came from our back four. I was running, just turning around, running after it and [Vinnie] Jones came running the other way. He missed me by that much, with his elbow! And I was like, what is that?
“I met Vinnie some years later and he said: 'I was going to flatten you, stand over you and say 'welcome to English football!'
“Also in that game, David Beckham scored from the halfway line, and I never saw that before either. Two things in a game, I’ve never seen, even in training!”