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Sir Alex Ferguson had brutal seven-word response when asked for help by Man Utd coach

Sir Alex Ferguson produced a brutal seven-word response when asked for help by Manchester United assistant manager Chris Armas earlier this season.

Armas arrived at United in December to work alongside interim manager Ralf Rangnick until the end of the season, with the temporary boss keen to get advice from Ferguson.

The Athletic report that following the club’s final Champions League group match against Young Boys, Armas met with the legendary former manager in his lounge at Old Trafford.

Whilst with Ferguson, the American is said to have explained his career path in the MLS both as a player and a manager.

Ferguson reportedly smiled at Armas before replying with: “You’ll need more than that here, son.” Armas won one league title and a string of cups with Chicago Fire during his playing days.

He also won two CONCACAF Gold Cups before heading into management with the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC. However, his sole trophy as a manager is the MLS Supporters’ Shield he won with the Red Bulls back in 2018.

In addition to Ferguson’s brutal putdown, Armas was also the subject of reported taunts from several members of the playing squad at United.

ESPN reported in February that some players were unhappy with the interim coaching staff’s training sessions and had nicknamed Armas Ted Lasso in reference to the title character in the US comedy show.

Rangnick and Armas’ time in the United dugout came to an end with defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the Red Devils ending the season in sixth place in the Premier League.

13 points adrift of the top four, United ended the campaign with their worst ever points tally in the Premier League era and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough.

In Europe, Rangnick’s side were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid as the German boss won just 11 of his 28 matches in charge.

That left him with a win rate of just 39% after replacing caretaker manager Michael Carrick in December, losing eight times in all competitions following his appointment.

Dutch manager Erik ten Hag will now takeover ahead of next season, whilst Rangnick balances an advisory role with the club and his new position as manager of the Austrian national team.

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