In his new book, 'Sven: My Story', being serialised in the Mail on Sunday, Eriksson recalls:
"Sir Alex Ferguson was a genuinely nice man. We met many times and even had dinner together on a few occasions.
"But woe to the person who threatened or bothered Manchester United in any way.
"Then Ferguson would not spare his venom. I know, because he often aimed that venom at me.
"He caused a fuss before practically every friendly we played with England. Friendlies were completely useless, he thought. Players only got hurt. Sometimes Ferguson would call at seven o'clock in the morning, ordering me not to select one of his players for a friendly. The player was injured or else he needed to rest, Ferguson claimed. I was not going to let Ferguson bully me. If I wanted a Manchester United player in my squad, I was going to select him."
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