Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he made it his mission to relegate West Ham United in the 2010-11 season in his new book 'Leading' - with bookmakers Coral sharing the extract on their Twitter account.
The former Manchester United boss claims the Hammers’ antics in a League Cup defeat earlier in the season had made him determined to send the east London club to England’s second tier.
He wrote: "One game in April 2011 comes to mind… A few months earlier West Ham had whipped us 4-0 in a Carling Cup tie where I had fielded a team of young players.
“Towards the end of the game, Wally Downs, West Ham’s first-team coached asked Wes Brown, as he waited on the sidelines to replace Johnny Evans, ‘Are you going to make a difference?’
“That got right under my skin, as did the taunts from the West Ham supporters after the game, who were very aggressive towards me in the car park.
“I told them, we’re going to be back here in April and we’re going to relegate you.”
Ferguson kept his promise and returned to Upton Park determined to get one over on a struggling West Ham side.
The game didn’t go to plan initially, however, with the Hammers taking a two-goal lead into half-time courtesy of two penalty conversions from Mark Noble.
United came out a different team in the second half, with Ferguson reshuffling his pack and replacing Patrice Evra with Ryan Giggs at left-back.
The tide turned and the Red Devils eventually ran out 4-2 winners, with a Wayne Rooney hat-trick adding to a Javier Hernandez strike.
Relegation did indeed befall West Ham at the end of the season, in what will have been a gratifying turn of events for the former Manchester United boss.