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'Fergie Was Furious After Loss To Chiefs'

A former Manchester United player has revealed just how furious Sir Alex Ferguson was in 2006 following their loss to Kaizer Chiefs in a pre-season tournament.

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It has been 15 years since the South African giants defeated the Red Devils on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their Vodacom Challenge encounter in Mzansi. 

While that match will still be remembered fondly by South African football fans, particularly supporters of the Amakhosi, ex-United goalkeeper Ben Foster might feel differently.  

Speaking as a guest on a podcast during a recent interview, the current Watford shot-stopper recalled how disappointed Ferguson was to lose. 

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"He was a winner, he just wanted to win every single game," he said on the Happy Hour Podcast. 

"We were in a pre-season tournament in South Africa and when you are in SA, there’s only two real teams you play - Orlando Pirates and somebody else, cannot remember their name (Kaizer Chiefs).

"It is a mini three-team tournament and in the final, it went to full time at 1-1 and I didn’t play the game but with one or two minutes to go, Tony Coton, who was the goalie coach, says Fergie, 'Ben is really good at saving penalties' and I’m watching him, thinking 'what the f*** are you talking about. No, I'm not!' 

"So, they brought Luke Steele off, who was fuming, I stretched for the last minute or two and went on before full time. So, he's brought me on to take a penalty as well. I hit the crossbar on my penalty and I did not save one, so we lost the penalty shootout.

"Me and Chris Eagles missed our penalties and when we went into the changing room, he went f****** mad. He went crazy. A pre-season match out in South Africa.

"Ferguson said to me, 'I brought you on!' and then thankfully turned to Chris Eagles and said, 'and you, you little s*** with your long hair.' But that was him. He just was a winner, he never let the standards drop ever." 

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