Jamie Redknapp tells Sir Alex Ferguson his Liverpool claim is “a load of b*******”
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Jamie Redknapp has labelled Sir Alex Ferguson's claim that Manchester United knew they'd beat Liverpool the moment he saw their white suits in 1996 "b*******".
Liverpool's Spice Boys infamously turned up to Wembley wearing cream Giorgio Armani suits, complete with striped red ties, for the 1996 FA Cup final.
But the flashy stunt backfired on the Reds who were beaten 1-0 by Manchester United.
Ferguson said years later that he knew his side had the upper hand going into the final on the back of the suits alone.
The Scot accused Liverpool of "arrogance", took a swipe at Redknapp's sunglasses, and claims he even told his assistant Brian Kidd that United would run out 1-0 winners.
But Redknapp has finally hit back at Ferguson's statement, calling the prediction "b*******".
Jamie Redknapp has a message for Sir Alex Ferguson
(Image: Newcastle United via Getty Image)
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Jamie Redknapp told Paddy Power: "[The suits] were shockers, weren't they? Can you imagine that now?" When I think back to that, that was amazing really. I think I must have been 21-22, guys, at the time.
"We had our normal club suits and I don't – to this day – like Roy Evans is a great guy, super-bright. You had John Barnes, Ian Rush, leaders in that dressing room. They were quite quiet.
"Rushy was quite quiet, he'd just do his business and got on with his game.
"I still to this day don’t understand why no-one went: 'Listen guys, why don't we just wear our normal suits?'
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"I think we'd beaten United twice that year in the league, and that might have been something to do with it.
"Maybe we thought, oh, we've done them in the league, we can beat them again here.
"Subsequently, Alex Ferguson said he knew he'd won when we turned up in those suits. That was a load of bollocks.
"Because in that game we were actually marginally better I'd say.
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"There was obviously a mistake, Eric Cantona scores, and apart from that, there was nothing in the game.
"So, to say that you see someone in a white suit and that's the difference – we just looked ridiculous, Let's make no bones about it. We had a few good-looking lads in that team, but none of us can make that suit look good!
"I do have it somewhere in my garage. I've got to be honest, I don’t wear it out. I don’t think if I wore it out to a nightclub it would do me any favours.
"I'll tell you, I often think though, wouldn't it be great if I did have it and we would have won that cup final, how much would they have been worth?
Manchester United beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final at Wembley
"Imagine Robbie Fowler, for example, scored the winning goal in that white suit?
"It would have been so cool. If you look at the other side of it, I know it's a bit late and I'm scraping the barrel a little bit here, but I'm just looking at the positives.
"You've got to look at the positives in life."
Jamie Redknapp was speaking on Paddy Power Media's new podcast, From The Horse’s Mouth.