The former Australia and Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich was a "terrible professional," according to Sir Alex Ferguson in his new book, My Autobiography.
"Mark Bosnich was a terrible professional," Ferguson says. "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."
Ferguson – who had several false starts signing goalkeepers – tried to pull out of a deal to sign Bosnich.
"Mark got off to a real bad start. He turned up for training three hours late. He was overweight," Ferguson added at a press conference to launch the book. "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."
On Wednesday Bosnich defended his record at Manchester United. ''The fact remains that I was the only player he signed twice at Manchester United,'' Bosnich said on Fox Sports. ''In my first season there we won the English Premier League by a record 18 points, which still stands today, and we became the first British team to win the World Club Championship against Palmeiras in Tokyo.''