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“Nobody desires to see things go too far but in dressing rooms if a teammate is in trouble you be certain that you defend each other and also you do this as a team. That was all to do with Fergie’s personality and possibly George Graham too. Two fiercely competitive Scotsmen who wanted their teams to mirror them and that was pretty evident to see on that day.

“We’ve seen that recently with [Tottenham boss, Antonio] Conte and [Chelsea boss, Thomas] Tuchel. It’s great to look at it, in fact it’s. It makes the headlines for a start but I feel people prefer to see passion and that it means something to players and managers.

“Possibly it was a bit excessive.  When everyone gets involved it’s often handbags – no-one often throws punches although there might need been a couple of that day! Looking back it got out of hand but it surely’s since the rivalry between each sets of players was so intense. 

“We desired to win so did they and it spilled over. For football fans there’s nothing fallacious with that and we’ve got to take care of that type of passion.” 

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