Ferguson claims managers should be responsible

Fergie has been a keen spectator at Man United fixtures this season. Photo: PA

Sir Alex Ferguson claims it is up to managers to stop their players diving and insisted his influence at Man United stopped Cristiano Ronaldo and Ashley Young from persisting with play-acting.

Ferguson has been appointed as UEFA’s coaching ambassador and says he will work to help young coaches develop their skills, but warned they will have to make sacrifices.

He also said the onus is on managers to take action if their players are diving, and that Real Madrid star Ronaldo and United winger Young had both taken steps to cut out simulation after he had spoken to them about it.

Ferguson told a news conference at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon: “It is an element of the game we don’t like seeing.

“I have tried to address it myself with some of my players over the years. When Cristiano first joined us he had that dramatic action but he listened very carefully that you can’t do that and he improved tremendously and has been an even better player because of it.

“We had an issue with Ashley Young last year or two years ago and he’s tried hard to address it.

“It’s up to the coaches, I think they have got to influence players that they have to be better than that.

“But it’s not just in England, it’s common in a lot of countries.”

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