Alex Ferguson is undoubtedly one of the most famous figures in not only English but world football, and ex-British boxer Amir Khan got to enjoy the legendary Scotsman's company in a meeting at Old Trafford this week.
Khan shared a video of the meeting to his social media, drawing the notice of some particularly attentive followers, who noted one bizarre element of Khan's tweet.
Despite the evident excitement from Khan at meeting such a sporting hero, he seemed to tune out of writing a thoughtful message on Twitter, instead copying and pasting the opening lines of Alex Ferguson's Wikipedia page.
Amir Khan makes crucial mistake with Alex Ferguson tweet
British boxer Amir Khan had the pleasure of meeting legendary former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford recently, and shared a video of their encounter to his Twitter page.
The video shows quite a pleasant interaction, with Ferguson posing for a photo with Khan at the end. Khan paid tribute to the ex-United boss in the caption to his tweet, but fans spotted one glaring error.
Lovely to meet Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester Old Trafford Stadium. Best known for managing Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/HclmVpIETg
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 27, 2022
Lovely to meet Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester Old Trafford stadium. Best known for managing Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time @ManUtd
The sentiment of Khan's tweet was perfect, but it seemed a little too familiar.
Some eagle eyed fans noticed that Khan's Tweet was copied and pasted from Alex Ferguson's Wikipedia page.
Though Khan did seem excited to meet Ferguson, his tweet had fans in stitches.
Thanks Amir Khan, British former professional boxer who competed from 2005 to 2022, who held unified light-welterweight world championships between 2009 and 2012, including the WBA (later Super) and IBF titles.
— Andrew (@AndrewSteel88) August 27, 2022
— Rob O'Hanrahan (@RobOHanrahan) August 27, 2022
Cheers Amir, I'll look him up.
— Andy (@LetsTalk_FPL) August 27, 2022
— ChandlerJ (@fetchthewine) August 27, 2022
Straight off his wiki page I am in tears https://t.co/OePPVVKHSa
— ናቱ (@ImpoliteSkeptic) August 27, 2022
Thanks for that, Amir. Wouldn't have known otherwise. https://t.co/Ogdra4284D
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) August 27, 2022
A harmless error from Amir Khan on Twitter but, in the minds of English football fans at least, one worthy of a bit of slagging.
He got to meet Alex Ferguson at the very least. We'd take that trade off.