Last updated : 27 January 2004 By editor

MANCHESTER UNITED face a player revolt if Alex Ferguson comes under any more pressure at the club.

Senior stars — including Roy Keane and Gary Neville — are not prepared to stand by and watch Fergie forced out.But if major shareholders John Magnier and JP McManus turn up the heat further on the gaffer they will step in.

One footballer’s agent said:

“The players believe that, so far, there’s just a lot of mud-slinging going on. They are used to it, being at Manchester United. And right now they are happy to support the boss just by playing their football.”

“But if Fergie comes under threat you can guarantee the senior players will stand by him. There is no doubt about that.”

“Do you really think they are going to stand back and let him be forced out?”

United legend Lou Macari can see the twin-pronged support of players and fans becoming a major factor in the feud that is threatening to rip Manchester United apart.
He said:

“There is no doubt that the players and the fans want Fergie to stay.Right now, I do not believe the players are interested in the argument. But they will become very interested if it starts to affect who is running their football team — because they will support Fergie all the way. Everyone knows the impact this man has had on United and the players.”