Ex-United boss hits out: They act like a small club

Matt Stead

Tommy Docherty has hit out at Manchester United, claiming that they “act like a small club”.

Docherty managed United from 1972 to 1977, succeeding the sacked Frank O’Farrell in the Old Trafford hotseat.

He oversaw the club’s relegation to the Second Division in his second season – although they earned promotion at the first time of asking as champions.

Docherty led United to an FA Cup final win over Liverpool in his final season before being removed from the post in 1977, to be replaced by Dave Sexton.

Speaking to the Evening Times, he has explained how his relationship with the club is now non-existent.

“Chelsea have sent me a Christmas hamper from Harrods for the last 18 years that must cost around £300,” he said.

“That’s a terrific gesture and I still go to Stamford Bridge to watch them about four times a year. So there are big clubs that act like big clubs, and some that act like small clubs.

“I won’t be back at United after them charging me for my tickets about three years ago. I got an invoice for £88 for two seats so that was it for me.

“If I fancy a game locally I’ll phone up Mike Summerbee at City and they always look after me. But I’m done with United.”

The 88-year-old also had plenty to say on current United boss Jose Mourinho.

“He’s done okay but if he were made of chocolate he would eat himself,” he said.

“Look at the money he’s spent. Fergie sold Pogba for about a million quid and they then paid about £900million to get him back.

“That was good business, wasn’t it?”