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Sir Alex Ferguson told to stay away from Old Trafford because 'he's a jinx'
Published : 29 May 2011 03:33:51Rss feed
Share There will be one familiar figure missing when Darren Ferguson attempts to maintain the family success record at Old Trafford this afternoon - his father Sir Alex will be watching from the comfort of his armchair. The Manchester United manager might enjoy the day out to get over the night before but, when it comes to following his son's fortunes as boss at Peterborough, he just thinks he is something of a jinx. 'Let's just say he will be with me in spirit,' said Darren. 'We talked about it and the truth is the teamhasn't done that well when he has been watching, so we both thought it would be best if he stayed away. I know he'll be kicking every ball for me.' Steer clear: Sir Alex Ferguson will have bigger things on his mind on Saturday night Ferguson will be on familiar ground when Peterborough take on Huddersfield for a place in the Championship next season. He was a former youth team player at United before he and his father agreed he was not quite up to the standard required. But the memories came flooding back when he supervised a training session at the Theatre of Dreams on Friday. 'I had quite forgotten what it was like to appreciate the atmosphere of the place, even when the stands were empty. Posh spice: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson issued orders for his dad to stay away 'Old Trafford is a fantastic theatre,a magnificent stadium. When you walk out of that tunnel and look up, itseems to go on and on for ever. 'It's important that the players get afeel for it. They have to handle the situation when they walk out in front of 70,000 fans. But they will be fine, we have players in the teamwho will think, 'I'll have abit of this' and I'm hopeful they'll go on and put in the right performance. 'The players know that, if we can perform, we will be hard to beat.' Talking tactics: Ferguson plotting Huddersfield's downfall He has other personal reasons for returning to the Championship, especially when Peterborough could leapfrog Preston, the club that sacked him last season. 'It was just circumstances. I regret what happened, but to go back to Peterborough and be involved in the play-offs has made such a difference,' he added. And he denied suggestions that his axing at Deepdale prompted Sir Alex to recall three players thatwere loan at Preston. Darren said: 'It was not a question of sour grapes. They went back to Manchester United because they wanted to.Stoke City also recalled two players but nothing was said about them.' Rooney backs Hernandez to steal the show in the Champions League finalMcClaren convinced United can beat Barca... if lessons have been learnedKilbane's penalty pain against Spain inspires play-off redemptionAll the latest Manchester United FC news, features and opinion Explore more:People: Darren Ferguson