He is known for his reluctance to let Manchester United's top players go to World Cup tournaments lest they get injured, but Alex Ferguson has now said he finds watching the games about as enjoyable as getting emergency dentistry.
The Scot explained he much prefers the Champions League when it comes to a good game of football and insisted there has not been a great World Cup since Argentina hosted it in 1986.
"Have you seen the last six World Cups? It's like going to the dentist," he commented.
Given England's performance in this year's South African tournament – in which they were knocked out by Germany before even reaching the quarter-finals – manager Fabio Capello and most of the fans would surely agree that getting emergency dentistry would be preferable than watching a similar event again.
Ferguson is hoping to lead Manchester United to their fourth Champions League title this season.