Sir Alex Ferguson: 'Players need to set good example'

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the field at the final whistle after beating West Ham 1-0 during the FA Cup third round replay on January 16, 2013
© PA Photos
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that footballers need to be more responsible on the pitch with regards to diving and dissent.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that it is imperative for footballers to set a good example to youngsters on the pitch.

Diving has become a much-discussed issue within the game this season, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale, United's Ashley Young and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez being labelled 'divers' on a number of occasions.

"One thing that ­impacts is players' behaviour in terms of ­simulation and dissent," the Daily Star quotes Ferguson as saying. "It's an important issue because you have to be a role model for young people.

"Young kids growing up are playing ­Under-7 football, Under-8 football and we have to have a responsibility in terms of the future of the game."

Meanwhile, the Scotsman witnessed his side progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup after overcoming West Ham United 1-0 in a third-round replay at Old Trafford last night.

United striker Robin Van Persie celebrates his opener against Sunderland on December 15, 2012
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Van Persie gives United half-time lead
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole