Jonjo Shelvey is having a great time at Swansea City and earned a recall to the England national team for the double-header against San Marino and Switzerland in Euro Cup qualifiers for his impressive displays.
Jonjo Shelvey has revealed how his infamous touchline bust-up during his Liverpool days with legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson earned him respect from the iconic former manager, according to Manchester Evening News.
The England international was involved in a furious row with Fergie after being sent off during an ill-tempered clash between Manchester United and Liverpool in 2012.
At the time, he accused the retired United boss of ‘grassing’ him up. The confrontation, however, made Shelvey a hero at Merseyside.
The 23-year-old, however, admitted that he was wrong to confront Sir Alex Ferguson at that time and he was wrong and the situation got the better out of him. He also said that the legendary Scott was impressed with his bravery and guts to face the legend at such young age.
“I was a bit immature then and a bit silly,” said Shelvey. “I pulled him aside afterwards and apologised to him and he was spot on with me.”
“He said, ‘no I like it. It shows you’ve got a bit of balls about you.’”
Shelvey was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Jonny Evans, which incensed Ferguson.
He Tweeted after the match: “I have also apologised to Sir Alex, just where I come from people don’t grass people up to get someone sent off.”
Remembering the incident, Shelvey said: “I got a few high fives around town for the next few months, but it was silly from me on the professional stage. You don’t do something like that.”
“I was young and I was starting for Liverpool against Manchester United, games don’t come much bigger.”
“I was immature, the occasion got the better of me. It was part of growing up and you learn from those sort of things.”