Last updated : 22 August 2004 By editor

'15: The number of Alex Ferguson media bans since 2002. Last week's for the BBC was their second; other bans in full (most lapsed): The Mirror (for comparing Diego Forlan to Norman Wisdom), Daily Express , Sunday Express , Daily Star , Daily Mail (life ban), Manchester Evening News , Sky (twice - despite their 10 per cent shareholding in United), the Press Association, Five Live, Century FM ('Cut that off, cut that off [pointing to tape recorder]. Fucking idiots, you all are', and a whole press conference in May 2002: 'On you go. I'm no fucking talking to you. Veron's a great fucking player. Youse are all fucking idiots.' Best attempted ban so far: November 2002, Fergie tries to boycott his own channel, MUTV - one month before being chosen to give advice at a Uefa conference on how managers should deal with the media.'