Textual Healing: Halsey reveals leaning on Fergie for support

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

We have all heard of Fergie Time, where referees seem to add more minutes than perhaps is necessary waiting for the ‘Red Devils’ to nick that much needed equaliser, or indeed winner.

However, now revelations that referee Mark Halsey used to be on texting terms with Sir Alex, seem to only further emphasise this speculation.

Opposition fans have always felt that referees didn’t do them any favours at Old Trafford, so you can understand the controversy surrounding the revelations that Sir Alex Ferguson used to be so close to Halsey.

The details are revealed in Halsey’s new book in which the ref admits texting Fergie, including to get his support for Mark Clattenburg during the John Obi Mikel racism row.

Halsey wrote: “I took matters in my own hands and rang Sir Alex asking him to speak out.

“He agreed and used his Friday press conference to say he could not conceive of Mark [Clattenburg] saying such things. It helped the situation a great deal.”

Despite this, it has been emphasised that when on the pitch, no favours were given to the mighty Scot.

“I may have spoken to him a lot and shared texts but he knew when I crossed that white line there were no favours,” he added.

“Players and managers would not respect you if you gave decisions based on friendship.”

This can be seen to be apparent when analysing Halsey’s reaction to a late United goal in a Premier League contest against Wolves. The look of disgust on his face in the video below speaks for itself.

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