Date: 7th November 2006 at 3:52pm
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It was 6th of November, 2005. After losing 4-1 to Middlesbrough and 1-0 to Lille, Manchester United were on the brink of disaster on both domestic and European fronts. Roy Keane blasted some of his team-mates in a never publicised interview in MUTV and Chelsea were due a visit to Old Trafford.

We all remember Fletcher’s goal that ended the champions’ 40-game unbeaten run but we all remember it did not turn out to be a spiringboard and we eventually got knocked out of the Champions League at the group stages. Well, Fergie almost gave up – and he wanted to quit even before that disastrous game in Lisbon, only to talked out of it by another knight.

‘He confided in me he was thinking of packing it in,’ Sir Bobby Robson wrote in his column in the Mail on Sunday. ‘I was almost angry with him. I first demanded to know what the heck he was going to do instead.

‘And, secondly, I asked him, having worked so hard to build a great club and a great young team, why would he want to hand it over to someone else and risk it being spoiled. I could feel he wanted to carry on and I am just glad he did.’

Well, if it’s true, then thank you, Sir Bobby!