Manchester United fans have a fickle reputation. Players are often singled out for criticism while others can get away with murder. This was never truer than in the late 1980s when Ferguson, following a stuttering start to his Old Trafford career, was scapegoated by supporters. In 1989, when United faced relegation and a take-over bid, the manager lived with the constant threat of the sack while on the terraces the 'Ferguson out' brigade were prominent, as the press spoke of a club in crisis. Here the author, one of the few to have actively supported United's manager during this bleak period, details his remarkable relationship with United's legendary manager.