Southgate, who takes his struggling Boro side to Old Trafford today, still showed a hint of defiance about the feud, saying: "I had to show I'm not frightened of taking on any of the other managers, no matter how experienced they are.
"People had it in for us so I fought our corner. I'm not intimidated by them, and if I was then I think my team would feel the same way. I liked the fact that we'd got up a few people's noses. You need a bit of a siege mentality to do well."