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Bosnich a terrible professional: Sir Alex

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has lashed Australian charge Mark Bosnich in his autobiography, calling the goalkeeper a "terrible professional".

Bosnich was signed in 1999 as club icon Peter Schmeichel's successor.

"Mark Bosnich was a terrible professional," Ferguson wrote in the book.

"We played down at Wimbledon and Bosnich was tucking into everything: sandwiches, soups, steaks. He was going through the menu.

"I told him, `For Christ's sake, Mark, we've got the weight off you. Why are you tucking into all that stuff?'

"We arrived back in Manchester, and Mark was on mobile phone to a Chinese restaurant to order a takeaway.

"Is there no end to you?

"I just couldn't make an impact on him."

Bosnich had a different take, telling Fox Sports on Wednesday that he was only 2.5kg over his playing weight at the time and that it was fairly standard for him to be 2kg overweight when he came back to training anyway.

The former Socceroos custodian made much of being signed by Ferguson twice - a fact that the veteran mentor had tried to downplay in his book, saying that he tried to pull out of a deal to sign Bosnich in 1999.

"Mark got off to a real bad start. He turned up for training three hours late. He was overweight," Ferguson added at Tuesday's press conference.

"We had a bad period trying to replace Peter Schmeichel. Goalkeepers are not my strongest point. By the time we got to (Edwin) van der Sar it was a blessing."

Bosnich again saw things differently.

"I was at the training ground at 10 o'clock and he knows that," said Bosnich, who added he may have been a couple of minutes late only as he was simply catching up with people at the ground.

"The bottom line is he wants to sell books and he's ventilated to his opinion as I am entitled to mine. I am the only player he signed twice at Manchester United and I will have my right to reply and my version of events at the appropriate time."

Bosnich, who pointed out he won a Premiership title with the club when he was there the second time and also was a part of the first EPL team to win the World Club Championship, joined Chelsea in 2001.

But he was sacked by the club after testing positive for cocaine the following year.

Ferguson did at least have some good things to say about fellow Socceroo Tim Cahill.

"Tim Cahill was on the radar and he had a lot of really good qualities," Ferguson said.

"He had a terrific career for Everton, scored a lot of goals for them.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you bring some in that you thought were a benefit to the club, sometimes with players you lose."

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