"I told her I had a match that day, but she wasn't having any of that. She said it was only a friendly and that I had to help her."
-- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
on having been ruled out of attending Manchester United's two pre-season friendlies on Wednesday -- one against Glentoran in Belfast and another against Dunfermline
in his native Scotland -- by his wife Cathy
. Ferguson is needed at home to organize their house move. He added that on the bright side she saved him from
making a difficult choice. His father played for Glentoran, but he has close ties with Dunfermline.