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Sir Alex Ferguson 'never in a million years' expected Mark Hughes to become a manager
Published : 10 Dec 2009 10:00:27
Hughes, who spent 13 years under Ferguson at Old Trafford over two separate spells, has gone on to manage Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City since ending his playing days. Earlier this season Ferguson stoked the fires by saying Liverpool would always be Manchester United's biggest rivals, rather than City, prompting Hughes to declare that his old side felt threatened. Related ArticlesFerguson: famous quotes and great rantsMichael Owen stakes claimUnited set to be boosted by Vidic returnOwen's hat-trick has everyone thinking of EnglandManchester City target Phillip LahmArsene Wenger hits out at Mark Hughes's conductFerguson, however, has not wasted any time stirring tensions ahead of their next meeting, the Carling Cup semi-final clash next month. Asked about the prospect of more if his current United players following Hughes into management, Ferguson said: "It's difficult to assess that because you don't know what ambitions the players have. "Currently we've got [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes and [Gary] Neville taking their coaching badges. That's great and I encourage them to do that because it gives them a platform if they want to stay in the game. "It can be difficult to pinpoint who would make it as a manager. For instance, nobody here thought Mark Hughes would become a manager, never in a million years, and we all thought Bryan Robson was a certainty to be a top manager."