Sir Alex Ferguson may not be a fan of the media circus that accompanies transfer deadline day but he noted David Beckham's move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) with interest.
The former Old Trafford star sealed a five-month switch to the French capital rather than join one of United's domestic rivals. Despite plenty of Barclays Premier League interest in the veteran midfielder, Beckham has always insisted he would never join another English side out of respect for the Reds.
"I didn't think he'd sign for an English club," Sir Alex told MUTV. "He's always said he would never sign for an English club after his career with United and he was true to his word that way.
"I must admit I didn't see the PSG move coming though, I don't think anyone did. I was surprised."
The live television coverage of deadline day itself may be popular with some fans but the boss was not glued to his screen watching the clock tick past 11pm.
"It's an absolute shambles," Sir Alex laughed. "I mean they [TV] go over to a ground and there's a poor young reporter there being mobbed by about 30 kids. I mean it's humiliation. It's absolutely terrible what they do.
"I don't know what benefit they get to be honest, other than filling some loose time they've got on TV. I'm sure all the managers are glad it's over."