Wednesday, November 18, 2009
15 Minutes That Shook the World
ALEX FERGUSON has been jokingly portrayed as a whisky-swilling drunk in a film starring Liverpool aces Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
And Gary Neville is labelled a rat who "hates Scousers" in the same mickey-taking movie.
The Manchester United legends come under fire in a comedy called Fifteen Minutes That Shook the World.
It is a fictional account of events that inspired Liverpool's fightback against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final and is sure to spark an Old Trafford backlash.
In one scene a Fergie "lookalike" called McTaggart phones a player, who resembles Neville, to celebrate Liverpool trailing Milan by three goals.
The Neville character is wearing a United No 2 shirt bearing the name 'Rat Boy' on the back and responds by singing about how he hates Scousers - a parody of the song United fans taunt at their bitter Anfield rivals.
When the news of Liverpool's stirring fightback - capped by their penalty shootout win - comes out, McTaggart is seen knocking back a bottle of scotch which has the words 'Manager of the Month but not as good as Bob Paisley' on it.
Kop skipper Gerrard, 29, and vice-captain Carragher, 31, have cameo roles in the film and they were joined by boss Rafa Benitez at the premiere on Monday night.
United declined to comment on Liverpool playwright Dave Kirby's 43-minute film last night - and the final cut may also have come as a shock to the Liverpool stars as well.
But Ferguson and his club captain Neville are likely to be unimpressed by the involvement of Gerrard, Carragher and others at Anfield.
Ferguson was angered the last time a club poked fun at United, slamming Manchester City as a "small club with a small mentality" over their Welcome to Manchester poster.
It was erected in the summer after Carlos Tevez's shock switch across the city.