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Never ever take on Fergie
Cristiano Ronaldo has been told to prepare for a blast from Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer after his petulant strop. Striker Andy Cole witnessed Ferguson's fury during his seven years at Manchester United - and knows the boss will not tolerate dissent. He reckons Ronaldo could cop it from Ferguson for sulking so badly when he was substituted during the derby win over Manchester City, despite the United boss claiming he had "no problem" with the World Player of the Year. "It will be interesting to see what the manager makes of it," said Cole. "The old hairdryer could be out. We can speculate how the manager is going to deal with it, but he always deals with things like this in his own way." Ronaldo simmered with rage in the dugout for the last half-hour of the game before driving off from Old Trafford in his Bentley within 15 minutes of the final whistle.
David Anderson, Daily Mirror
Cole's former United strike partner Dwight Yorke echoes these thoughts in The Sun ('Mess with Fergie and you'll be sorry Ron') whilst the Daily Telegraph features another ex-Red Paul Parker urging the Portuguese star to apologise for his outburst.
The Telegraph also quotes Mikael Silvestre, who has accused his old team-mate Patrice Evra of lacking respect after he described United’s Champions League victory over Arsenal as “men against babies”.
AC Milan are lining up a £40million bid to land Carlos Tevez, according to the Daily Star. However The Sun claims the Argentinian has admitted he will play for Liverpool should an offer be made ('Tev: I'll play for Kop').