Sir Alex Ferguson ‘saw the funny side’ when his neighbour Marcos Rojo once set off fireworks after midnight.
Ferguson retired as Manchester United manager in 2013, and has since maintained only a minimal presence at the club.
He often visits their Carrington training base, and travelled to the Lowry Hotel to speak to players before the game against Liverpool earlier this month.
The Scot serves as a club ambassador, juggling the role with regular lectures at Harvard University.
In an in-depth look at Ferguson’s life after United, Ian Herbert of the Daily Mail writes that ‘encounters with the team’s players are fleeting and arbitrary’.
‘Marcos Rojo happened to buy a house on Ferguson’s road, in the south Cheshire town of Wilmslow. He was unsure how the one-time manager might react when, with family over from Argentina and United playing the next day, fireworks were set off after midnight.
‘They say that Ferguson saw the funny side… It would have been a very different story five years ago.’
Rojo discussed the incident in a recent interview with AS.
“At Christmas, my whole family came to spend the holidays, it is not customary to throw fireworks,” he said.
“They all go to bed early, but I wanted to surprise my family and I threw them after midnight.
“We played the next day and Ferguson always comes to see us when we play at Old Trafford.
“‘It was a good light show you did last night’, he told me when we crossed in the hallway.
“I wanted to die, I thought he would kick me out the club but luckily took it well.”