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Bosnich turns heat back on Sir Alex

Mark Bosnich says he doubts former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has the courage to confront him face-to-face over claims he made about the Australian charge in his new book.

Ferguson created a stir last week after labelling the ex-Socceroo goalkeeper a "terrible professional" in his recently released autobiography.

The veteran mentor also had a crack at Bosnich's weight and punctuality during his two-year stint as Peter Schmeichel's successor.

But Bosnich hit back on Sunday night, calling for a meeting with Ferguson to be granted the "right of reply".

"I will see him, if he wants to come down and see me," said football analyst Bosnich on Fox Sports' Shootout program.

"Apparently he might come (to Australia) for the Melbourne Cup.

"Two people, if they want to meet, have got to both want to meet. But knowing Sir Alex, bravery is not one of his greatest traits, so he might not want to meet.

"But I'd like to say to him (how I feel) face-to-face ... because we're all entitled to a right of reply.

"I think a lot of those claims have already been blown out of the water - so stay tuned."

Ferguson also wrote in his book, officially published on October 24, that he tried to pull out of a deal to sign Bosnich in 1999 - later admitting goalkeepers were "not my strongest point".

Bosnich joined Chelsea in 2001, but was sacked by the club after testing positive for cocaine the following year.

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