Ferguson fury at 'hopeless' jibe by BBC

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The BBC has provoked the ire of Sir Alex Ferguson once again with an unflattering Match of the Day analysis of Manchester United's win against Wolves on Saturday.

The manager has boycotted post-match interviews with the broadcaster since a programme about his son, a former agent, was shown in 2004, and the latest flashpoint will not help. "They said we were hopeless," complained Ferguson.

One of the pundits, Mark Lawrenson described United, last-minute winners, as "woeful for most of the game" and went on to say: "I don't know what Sir Alex Ferguson did at half time because they didn't dramatically improve."

Lawrenson also commented on United's "fantastic belief" and Alan Shearer observed they were only two points off last season's points tally after 11 games. But Ferguson was not impressed.

"We had five world-class players out," he said. "We were playing with three players up front with only 30 games experience between them. Our result was a fantastic achievement given the problems we had."