Gelsenkirchen: Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the need for the making of a television drama about the 1958 Munich air crash that was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Monday.
The BBC film, starring Scottish actor David Tennant as former United assistant manager Jimmy Murphy, told the story of the disaster that claimed the lives of eight of the club's so-called 'Busby Babes'.
"I didn't watch it. I was out last night," said Ferguson, who is preparing for the first leg of United's Champions League semi-final with German side Schalke.
"I don't think we need any TV programme to portray the history of our club. That's been well established for a long, long time.
"I haven't seen it so I really don't know much about it."
Dougray Scott took the role of legendary United manager Sir Matt Busby, who was seriously injured in the crash but went on to lead United to their first European Cup title in 1968.
Busby's son, Sandy, has strongly criticised the film, called 'United', and said the people behind it had made no attempt to contact his family.
"I can't understand it. It's called United, all about the Busby Babes. You think they'd contact the Busby family, wouldn't you?" he told BBC News.
"I was disgusted with the portrayal of my father. He had this camel coat on, and a fedora, and all through the film he was never seen in a tracksuit."
"He was known as probably the first tracksuit manager at that time. I was disgusted."
Twenty-three people died after a plane en route from Belgrade carrying United players, staff, fans and journalists crashed as it attempted to take off amid heavy snow at Munich Airport on February 6, 1958.