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Ferguson backs off

last updated Saturday 10th January 2004, 10:10 AM
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has criticised Fulham over the furore surrounding striker Louis Saha and insisted United will not be making another bid for the Frenchman.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman accused United of bullying tactics in their bid to land the Frenchman and insisted that the player will not be leaving during the January transfer window.

As a result Saha criticised Coleman in the French press, claiming that he was "appalled" by the manager's refusal to sell him and insisting that he wanted to move to Old Trafford.

For his part, Ferguson claims Fulham made the problem worse by going public with the news of United's offer. "We sent them a letter marked private and confidential and they gave it to the Press," he said.

Man U Manager"I spoke to Chris Coleman about the boy at the start of the season and left it there. I never said another word.

"Then we sent them a letter, containing our bid, signed by (chief executive) David Gill, not by Alex Ferguson.

"We did everything right. By sending a letter we did it professionally. There won't be another bid. We don't want any fights. Fulham seem determined to keep the boy so there is nothing we can do about that."
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