Fergie: It was like Zulu outside our Leeds hotel

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted it was frightening when hundreds of Leeds fans surrounded Manchester United’s team hotel in midweek.

Fergie says the scenes at their city centre hotel in Leeds before Tuesday’s Carling Cup clash were like something from the film Zulu.

“We had a lot of problems,” said the United manager. “I don’t know how many hundreds of them there were, but our hotel was surrounded by seven police vans.

“It was frightening. It was like the film Zulu. Jesus!

"But the police were fantastic.

“We’ve never had anything like that before because we’ve never stayed in the town centre in Leeds, that’s why.

"Next time we’ll try Glasgow and get a helicopter down!

“Historically it has been there for a long time. I don’t know what it is between Leeds and Manchester United, but it’s there and it’s not nice.”