Ferguson claims his stars' behaviour is 'perfect' ahead of Manchester derby

26 January 2010 11:31
Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed his Manchester United stars' behaviour is 'perfect' as fears mount over the powderkeg Carling Cup semi-final. [LNB]Following Gary Neville's one-fingered gesture at Manchester City goal hero Carlos Tevez - in response to the former United striker's 'shut-it' taunt - during last week's 2-1 home win in the first leg at Eastlands, there are fears the decisive derby clash could explode.[LNB] Clash: Gary Neville (left) and Carlos Tevez exchange gestures[LNB]Around 9,000 City fans are expected at Old Trafford and both the FA and Greater Manchester Police have already stepped in with their own pleas for calm. [LNB]Yet, Ferguson reckons he has no fears that his side will lose their cool on a red-hot evening. And he has controversially claimed that they his side have always behaved in the big games. [LNB]'I don't pay any attention to all that,' he said. 'The player behaviour has always been perfect. We have great players who play to the right rules of the game. [LNB] Red-hot: United fans let off a flare at Eastlands[LNB]'We have never had any issues in big games. Look at the record. I am not worried about it.' [LNB]City chief executive Garry Cook has added his own contribution, claiming it is 'when and not if' the Blues get through. Ferguson is not interested in getting involved in a war of words though. [LNB]His time at United has brought him into conflict with Leeds, Liverpool and Chelsea in major semi-finals and finals. And he sees no reason why his side's discipline should let them down now. [LNB] Enlarge Enlarge  Fiery: Sir Alex Ferguson (left) let Carlos Tevez leave United in the summer[LNB]'We have enough experience of playing in big games to know it is important to keep your head,' said Ferguson. 'It is always a key factor. [LNB]'We have had feisty games against the likes of Leeds and Liverpool since I have been here. Player behaviour has always been good. It has never been an issue.'[LNB] Police reveal CCTV pictures of suspects ahead of re-run of Manchester derbyPolice on red alert amid fears over Manchester derby cup clashTevez's home comfort! Striker happy he swapped Manchester United for CityMANCHESTER CITY FC

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