Scolari joins Ferguson's blacklist after Queiroz slur

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Luis Felipe Scolari yesterday joined the extensive list of those who have crossed Sir Alex Ferguson and will not be forgiven, the Manchester United manager responding angrily to suggestions from the Portugal coach that Carlos Queiroz was chasing his job and, by extension, a way out of Old Trafford.

Ferguson spoke out after the Brazilian had accused the United assistant manager of lying over the extent of an ankle injury aggravated by Cristiano Ronaldo during Portugal's Euro 2008 qualifying win over Kazakhstan on Wednesday and of "hanging around" the country's internationals and Under-21 fixtures in the hope of regaining a post he held between 1991 and 1993.

"It confuses me that Scolari said Carlos had spoken to him about Cristiano and marked his card that the player was all right but had given a different story to the press to keep the Manchester United fans happy," Ferguson said.

"Carlos never spoke to Scolari at all... and to say he was hanging around the Portugal games looking for a job was a crazy thing to say. I'm sure Scolari goes to watch Porto and Benfica play. Is he after their guys' jobs? I had three of my coaches at international games in Europe this week and all of my scouts, and I'm pretty sure they are all still working for me."