Andrei Kanchelskis has revealed how he unwittingly told Sir Alex Ferguson to ‘f*** off’ and called him a ‘Scottish b******’ not long after being signed by the legendary Manchester United manager.
Kanchelskis joined the Red Devils in March 1991 from Shakhtar Donetsk in a £650,000 deal.
Coming from the then-Soviet Union, the Ukrainian-born Russian knew little English as he made the transition to the Premier League.
Andrei Kanchelskis (left) says he was once pranked into telling boss Sir Alex Ferguson ‘f*** off’
And unknowingly to him, his new Old Trafford team-mates saw it as the perfect opportunity to cause some mischief at his expense with a light-hearted language prank.
In an excerpt from his upcoming autobiography, the 51-year-old detailed: ‘Whenever a foreign footballer comes into a dressing room, he will be taught how to swear.
‘I’ve seen exactly the same thing with Brazilian players when I have been managing in Russia.
‘They also taught me the correct way to address the manager of Manchester United.
‘Almost the first time I came across Alex Ferguson in the corridors of the Cliff, he said to me, ‘All right Andrei, how’s it going?
‘I smiled at him and replied, ‘F*** off, Scottish b******’.
‘Ferguson stopped dead in his tracks and then began to smile as he heard laughter echoing down the corridor, while I stood there bewildered.’
He also called Ferguson a ‘Scottish b******’ after being pranked by his Man United team-mates
Thankfully for Kanchelskis no harm was done as he quickly settled into life at The Theatre of Dreams.
The winger soon became a fan favourite making 161 appearances in four-and-a-bit seasons, scoring 36 times.
He also won six major honours in that time, including two Premier League titles and the 1991 European Super Cup.
Kanchelskis left surprisingly United in 1995 for Everton with his career later including spells at Fiorentina, Rangers, Manchester City and Southampton before playing in the Middle East and Russia.
Kanchelskis’ (pictured in 2017) career included a spell at Manchester City after leaving United