Eriksson to turn on charm for wine-lover Fergie

Published: Friday, August 17, 2007, 16:06 [IST]
 

LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) Sven-Goran Eriksson and Alex Ferguson are set to share an 800 dollar bottle of wine after Sunday's Manchester derby despite clashing in the past.

United manager Ferguson had regular run-ins with Eriksson when the Swede was England manager, particularly over releasing his players for friendly internationals.

Eriksson, who has enjoyed a dream start as City manager with two wins, is ready to turn on the charm, ordering up an expensive bottle for the two managers once the points have been settled, The Sun newspaper reported today.

''There's no problem between me and Alex,'' Eriksson said. ''We might have had different opinions regarding United and the national team, especially concerning friendly games.

''But we also had a lot of dinners together, so there's nothing personal. One thing is for sure, I won't be taking Alex's players like I used to!'' According to the report, the Swede has ordered a 415 pounds bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for the visit of Ferguson, a keen collector of fine wines.

Champions United need a victory over City after starting their campaign with two draws.

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