Diego Maradona has branded Manchester United boss Sir Alex Fergusson "a JOKE" for weighing into the Carlos Tevez affair. Maradona, who coaches Al Wasl in Dubai, once advised Manchester City rebel Tevez to quit Manchester United when he was stuck on the bench at Old Trafford.

Now he has told Fergie to keep his mouth shut when it comes to matters that don't concern him.

Maradona said: "Ferguson should not be talking about it because he became a big coach only after he got big players.

"Ferguson was defending Mancini and I know Mancini well, and I know Carlos Tevez too, and if Ferguson doesn't really know about the issue, he shouldn't be talking so it's a real big joke."