Alex Ferguson has praised the Irish crowd at Punchestown Racecourse

Alex Ferguson has praised the Irish crowd at Punchestown Racecourse

LEGENDARY MANCHESTER UNITED manager Alex Ferguson praised the Irish crowd at Punchestown Racecourse yesterday.

The Scottish man is an avid lover of horses and is part-owner of Clan des Obeaux, one of the horses racing at the festival, who came second to hot favourite Allaho in the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup.

Speaking about the reception the treble winning coach gets in Ireland, Ferguson said that it is always positive when he visits.

“I always get a good reception in Ireland”, he told The Irish Mirror.

“It’s my first time here and I’ve enjoyed it. They’ve looked after us very well.

“I’ve never been here before. It’s been nice – it’s a nice day. We couldn’t come last year because of Covid.”

He also gave his take on United's new boss Erik ten Hag.

He told RTE Racing: "Well, I hope he ( Ten Hag ) does well because the club needs someone to get in control. I hope he does well, yeah."

United have failed to win a Premier league since Ferguson retired in 2013 and are now on their 5th manager since then,

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have all fallen by the wayside and now it's up to Ten Hag to bring United back to the top of European football.

According to reports Ferguson is understood to have taken a backseat during the long process to appoint Ten Hag, with Football Director John Murtough taking the lead of the search for the first time.

Manchester United play Chelsea tonight in what is basically a dead rubber for both sides.

The game kicks off at 20.00.