The Mighty Reds team bus: Sir Alex Ferguson was cheerily chewing away at his chewing gum after, yet again, 'cocking another snoop' at the BBC.
Many years ago, the BBC dared to investigate through it's 'flagship' Panarama programme, a documentary investigation into the business activities of Sir Alex's son.
Even though Sir Alex Ferguson, has been under pressure from the League Managers Association to finally end his six-year boycott of the Corporation, the United manager has maintained his silence. Sir Alex has sought counsel only with his chewing gum.
It meant he was in breach of new Premier League rules and a punishment, a cash fine probably £1,000, will be imposed next month when its board meets. Ferguson risks a similar fine every time he does not speak to the BBC.
Sir Alex will look upon the £1,000 fine as mere chewing gum money. No wonder Sir Alex was chewing quietly and contentedly on his way back north to Manchester on the Mighty Red team bus.
The Premier League reacted with disappointment to the news. A statement from the governing body read: 'The Premier League is disappointed that the BBC and Manchester United have, as yet, been unable to resolve the issue of Sir Alex Ferguson providing post-match interviews.
'We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and offer any help deemed necessary by either party to try and help remedy the situation.
'However, this is a breach of Premier League rules and the board will consider the appropriate course of action at their next meeting scheduled for late September.'
Sir Alex will get his own players to contribute to the continued BBC snubs. Earlier this year, Brazilian Anderson was given a heavy fine after showdown talks with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. The Brazilian held a meeting with Ferguson at their Carrington training ground after skipping training.
So with Sir Alex Ferguson have prepared a 'war chest' in his battle against the BBC, by the fines imposed on his players in the past, Sir Alex keeps counsel with his chewing gum!!