Emma Hayes admits Sir Alex Ferguson wine wish after Chelsea's WSL title triumph at Old Trafford

Sir Alex Ferguson watches from the Directors Box during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Manchester United and Chelsea FC  at Old Trafford on May 18, 2024 in Manchester, England
Sir Alex Ferguson in attendance at Old Trafford -Credit:(Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes says she is hopeful she can celebrate her team's Women's Super League (WSL) title triumph over a glass of wine with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former Manchester United man was in attendance at Old Trafford as the Blues romped to a 6-0 victory over Marc Skinner's side, pipping Manchester City to the title on goal difference. Though it was a difficult afternoon for United, it was heartening to see Ferguson's show of support for the women's team less than a week on from Sir Jim Ratcliffe's controversial absence at Wembley.

And Hayes admitted she was looking forward to catching up with the legendary Reds boss after the match. Speaking to Sky Sports, she said: "To finish here at Old Trafford, I hope to get a glass of wine with Sir Alex in a minute.

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"Everyone told us we couldn't. Everyone said girls can't play, nor can they fill stadiums, nor can they get paid, nor can they create history.

"Not only are we not going away but we are going to fill them every week. Women's football now is a serious business and that for me is what it's about."

It's not the first time Hayes has referenced her friendship with Ferguson. After the Chelsea manager announced her departure back in November, she said: "He calls me from time to time so I wasn't surprised.

"Anything he says to me I always take with such pride. He is a legend of the game and someone whose opinion I value and he has a love of America. We talked a little bit about that, a little bit about legacy, a little bit about leaving at the top. So there were wise words from him. I'm sure it won't be the last phone call I get from him this season."