Ricardo aiming for Fabien's crown
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barthez sniped at his number two by saying he was no competition, and did not know why he was signed by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ricardo does not know why the angry French custodian aimed his attack at him, saying only that he was upset that he would be playing in their Champions League clash with Maccabi Haifa.
"I know nothing of what Fabien has said," said Ricardo.
"My relationship with him is normal, but he has become upset with me because I will be in goal for the game against Maccabi Haifa, and he has not travelled.
"I came to Manchester to be the number one some day, and I am not going to be nervous about playing now.
"Only he knows why he has said those things, that's it."
Rumours have been surrounding Barthez's future at Old Trafford ever since the Spanish international arrived from Valladolid in August, and it looks as though the pressure may have led to the former Monaco man's outburst.