Sir Alex Ferguson More Intimidating Than Barack Obama, Says Everton’s Tim Howard

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Man United legend scarier than US president.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says meeting with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was more nerve-wracking than speaking to US president Barack Obama, the Daily Mirror reports.

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The American shot-stopper, formerly of United earlier in his career, has compared the two figures but insists that Ferguson is the more intimidating after enjoying a phone call from Obama in the summer.

Howard earned rave reviews from fans and pundits alike as he put in a starring display for USA national team in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Belgium, with the 35-year-old making a record-breaking number of saves in the game.

Obama honoured Howard with a call to congratulate him on his performance for his country, and the player admits he didn’t want to say anything stupid to the president, but at least comforted himself that he wasn’t going to be shouted at, which was no guarantee with Ferguson.

“The call from the president is all set up,” Howard explained.

“You get a knock on your door from the team administrator, you’re downstairs in five minutes, and off you go.

“You just try not to say anything stupid, because forever you’ll be remembered as the guy who said something stupid to the president.

“But, put it this way, going into Sir Alex’s dressing room is more daunting because you know that the president of the United States isn’t going to yell at you.

“When Alex Ferguson yells at you, that’s absolutely the worst thing in the world!”

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