Sir Alex Ferguson has explained his reasons for rejecting all offers from Real Madrid for Fifa World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Manchester United ace was at the centre of a long-running and increasingly bitter transfer saga over the summer with the La Liga club making the Portuguese phenomenon their leading target.
Despite mixed messages from the player, the Red Devils stood firm against Real's advances with Ronaldo eventually pledging his immediate future to Old Trafford.
Ferguson was clearly angered by the continued pressure from Real, later describing them as a 'mob' and claiming he 'would not sell them a virus'.
The Old Trafford supremo insists his determination to keep Ronaldo was because he had no desire to lose the services of one of his star men, and not because of his personal feelings towards the Spanish side.
Ferguson told L'Equipe Magazine: "First, you have to listen to the will of the player.
"If two clubs came to offer £100million for Cristiano and Cristiano wants to go to Madrid, do you think I could make him sign for the other club? You think I could go against his wishes?
"All I can do is advise him. But all this makes sense only if we are ready to sell Cristiano for £100million.
"We have already sold players to Madrid: Heinze, Beckham, Van Nistelrooy. We sold them those players because we wanted to.
"We didn't sell Cristiano because we didn't want to. It's just a business question, not an ethical question.
"I won't let my personal feelings influence my decision making."