The 71-year-old lambasted the Magpies as a “wee club in the North East” after the United manager took umbrage to remarks made by Alan Pardew about his touchline behaviour during a 4-3 win at Old Trafford.
Ferguson’s comments were, unsurprisingly, poorly received by the Toon faithful, but the Red Devils boss has now moved to clarify his position following the recent spat.
“It was never my intention to belittle Newcastle fans,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
“I want to clear up any misunderstanding that may have arisen over what I said. I have nothing but the highest regard for Newcastle fans and I always have had.
“They are up there with the best supporters in the game.
“Their passion, commitment and fervour have never wavered, even though they have had little to celebrate.
“They have turned up in numbers to get behind their team wherever and whenever the games have been played. When I take a team to St James’ Park, I have stressed to the players that not only have they got to beat the opposition on the field, just as important is coping with the atmosphere created by the fans.
“Sadly, results have not matched their loyalty. If Newcastle’s achievements had matched the support of the people who pay to watch them play, the club would be among the game’s giants. It’s tragic that they haven’t been able to win a league title for over eighty years.”
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