Self-confessed film fan Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the many recognisable faces at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony and party – well, at least he was to the European audience staying awake for the Oscars.
That said, perhaps some of the American audience recalled ‘that guy who gatecrashed the 2012 US Open with Sean Connery’ on the showcase night of the movie industry.
The smiling Ferguson was evidently enjoying life after retiring from his legendary tenure as Manchester United manager – a stark contrast to the stress encountered by the club’s board, fans and his successor David Moyes since last May.
When interviewed by a reporter outside the Vanity Fair after party, Fergie explained his attendance rather well.
"I’m retired," Fergie chirped. "So, why not? I've got nothing else to do."
Indeed, why not?
Ferguson’s interest in film was clear as he discussed the award winners with the reporter, endorsing 12 Years A Slave and admitting that, while Matthew McConaughey was a worthy winner of Best Actor, he couldn’t understand Tom Hanks not even receiving a nomination.
But as much as ticking a huge box off his personal bucket list was fabulous, Fergie was inevitably drawn back to the topic which made him a household name: football.
Relaxing in the Consul-General's living room with British nominees, he spoke for the first time of Manchester United's poor season.
Unsurprisingly, Ferguson has faith in the club to see out their rocky transition and remain relevant.
"They'll be all right," he said. "It's early days and there have been a lot of changes."
On Moyes's tough first campaign at the helm, he added: "He needs time. I was there for 27 years, so with a new manager, it takes time.
"But they will be OK."
And who is to argue with that?
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