Date: 16th February 2007 at 4:34pm
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An agent has been banned from United’s Carrington training centre for trying to lure away the youngest players of the club.

Sir Alex is not a keen friend of football agents and his opinion about them suffered a further blow not long ago.

‘There are good and bad agents. We had a situation just recently of an agent coming to our academy and tapping up young players of 11, 12,’ he said.

‘We barred him, so he started to wait outside stopping the parents’ cars.’

He was asked about agents after Gary Neville’s claims that they take way too much money about the game and urged the PFA to take the role of players’ representatives. Ferguson is not as radical as his skipper but agrees that agents’ activity should be monitored closely.

‘Providing agents are professional and responsible, there is nothing wrong with players going to them for advice,’ said the boss.

‘The thing that should be investigated is the payments that are made.

‘It is obvious they are taking a lot of money out of football, so much so that they are now able to ‘buy’ players.

‘That is a really dangerous area to go into, because then the agents can control the markets.

‘But if they are paid the same rates as lawyers and accountants and have a responsible attitude towards the industry, there is nothing wrong with that.’