Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the press of hating his club and trying to create disunity wiothin their ranks.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Pemier League encounter against Wigan, Ferguson eventually walked out of the press conference.

“They have a hatred of United,” said Ferguson.

“It’s always been there. It goes with the territory, I suppose, of us being such a high profile club.

“I understand it a bit but they go too far. They try to fragment the club.”

He added: “I think our fans are aware of that and I don’t think they will fall into that trap.

“When we are at our best the fans are right behind us – and that’s the only thing that should matter.”

United have come in for criticism after their Champions League departure which was followed and Sunday’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Everton.

“We have all got a problem because Chelsea’s consistent form makes it difficult to win the league,” he added.

“If you look at our present points total, it’s better than four of the last six seasons at this time of year.

“Most of the teams below Chelsea will be thinking that in a normal season they are doing quite well.

“But obviously the Chelsea consistency is a problem for all of us, not just for Manchester United.”

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