American goalkeeper Tim Howard has revealed in his new book 'The Keeper' that Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a debut that he will never forget during a Community Shield clash with Arsenal in 2003.

Howard, who had just been signed by Ferguson and made first choice goalkeeper, made his bow for the club against the Gunners and conceded a first half free kick to Thierry Henry. 

The US star claimed Henry 'hit the free kick with such power and precision that it rendered the wall useless', but then told of how Ferguson didn't exactly agree with him.

The now Everton stopper wrote: "At half time, Ferguson just about took my head off.

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"'A three man wall!?' he shouted, the muscles around his jaw so tight I could see them flex. 'Against Henry! You need four men on that wall! You've got to think!' - he jabbed both index fingers at his forehead."

"'If you cannae handle the f*cking stage' - his Scottish accent was coming through loud and clear - 'I'll send you right back to the MLS.'

"His final words were soaked in derision. 'You're not in America anymore, son.'"