Ferguson said: “I know Peter. It was a nice time to say that stuff.
“His comments don’t bother me. I am hardly going to start quaking and trembling about them.
“In any case, I don’t know how you work those things out. How can you tell whether you have 50 million supporters or 500 million?
“How other teams look at these things is their business. My only experience is that anywhere we go there always seems to be a mass of people crowding round the players all wearing shirts.”