Vieira angrily denies Man Utd comments
Man City director of football development, Patrick Vieira, has angrily denied comments attributed to him by BBC reporter Dan Roan. In an interview with Roan, the former French international reportedly criticised Man Utd's re-signing of Paul Scholes.
Since those comments were published, Sir Alex Ferguson has moved quickly to defend the former England midfielder, who came out of retirement to rejoin his former club in January.
But Vieira has denied the quotes attributed to him about Vieira, and said:
Vieira said: "I am very angry with Dan Roan. I feel he has misrepresented me.
"I made it clear in the interview twice that I wanted to avoid criticising United and even stated that I didn't watch the United game against Fulham and had not seen the incident to which the reporter referred.
"That part of the interview was ignored and my comments were taken completely out of context. I called the reporter twice to ask for a retraction and an apology, which has not come.
"I feel Dan Roan and the BBC have shown a complete lack of respect for me, the 'Football Against Hunger' charity and Manchester City Football Club."