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Indian variant: Under-21s 'more likely' to catch strain says Neil Ferguson

Professor Neil Ferguson, British epidemiologist at Imperial College London and member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), discussed the threat the Covid mutation poses to the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown.
Telling the reporters it is a “matter of degree” whether the variant derails an end to Covid restrictions, the SAGE member said there is data suggesting it could effect younger people more than previous strains.

He said: “There’s a hint in the data that under-21s are slightly more likely to be infected with this variant compared with other variants in recent weeks in the UK.

“Whether that reflects a change in the biology or reflects what’s called founder effects and the context – the people who came into the country with the virus and then seeding of infection in certain schools and colleges – that’s impossible to resolve at the moment.”

The SAGE member also said “we hope to be in a position to be more definitive about these answers in the next two to three weeks”.

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Currently, Covid vaccines are only available to those over 30 years old, which could explain the rise in cases in younger people.

Professor Ravi Gupta, microbiologist at Cambridge University, also told the press conference: “I do think we should take these reports [of it spreading more quickly in the young] seriously because that’s the first sign that you have a problem.

“Often if you wait too long for the right data it’s too late.

“Hopefully the countries where they’re seeing this will be studying it in a kind of rigorous way so that we can get that information.”

Public Health England (PHE) reported yesterday cases of the Indian variant have been found in 151 local authorities as of the week ending May 15.

Latest data from PHE also revealed that 3,424 cases in total had been confirmed in the UK until May 19, with a majority detected only in the week prior.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said on May 14 the variant is expected to “overtake and come to dominate in the UK in the way that B.1.1.7 (Kent variant) took over and other variants have taken over prior to that”.

SAGE has estimated the variant is up to 50 percent more transmissible than the Kent variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK still needed to be “cautious” in unlocking the UK from restrictions, but added he saw nothing in the data that would suggest “deviating” from the plan.

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Another 186,147 first doses and 387,987 second doses of Covid vaccine were administered yesterday.

The UK has administered 38,378,564 first doses and 23,616,498 second doses in total, equalling 72.9 percent and 44.8 percent of the population respectively.

Yesterday also saw another 3,180 cases and nine deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test.

In total, the UK has seen 4,470,297 cases and 127,748 deaths.

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Piers Morgan details text from Sarah Ferguson urging him to 'get back out there' after GMB

Piers Morgan was told to “get back out there” by the Duchess of York this week, one month after quitting Good Morning Britain. The 56-year-old TV star detailed the encouraging text message from the royal in his newspaper column today.
Piers left the ITV breakfast show last month, in the wake of his comments following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Sarah Ferguson said his presence on the programme was greatly missed.

The Duchess, known to many as Fergie, was married to the Queen’s son Prince Andrew until 1996 and is mum to Harry’s cousins Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.

She urged Piers, who fronted GMB with Susanna Reid for almost six years, to get back on television.

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“Perhaps we should start a new breakfast show together,” he went on to offer, “‘Morgy and Fergie in the Morning’, anyone?”

Yesterday, it was announced that the Duchess’ YouTube series, which features daily storytime reads, would be cancelled for a week following the death of Prince Phillip.

The Duke of Edinburgh, her former father-in-law, passed on Friday at Windsor Castle.

The Instagram post read: “Storytime with Fergie and Friends and Little Red News will be put on hold for a week, recommencing on Monday 19 April, due to the sad passing of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.”

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Piers also paid tribute to the Queen’s husband this week, admitting that Prince Philip’s death had “hit him hard”.

Earlier today he was called out by a Twitter user who shared some of Piers’ previous comments about the royal online.

“The thing is about being Piers Morgan is his words go far and deep but they will always come back to haunt him!”(sic) the tweet read.

Sharing the post with his 7.9 million followers, he added: “I stand by them all.

“Philip was amusingly rude to me when I met him because he hated the press, & he could be offhand, insensitive and arrogant – but that doesn’t mean I can’t also recognise & respect his many great qualities too.

“All the people I most admire are imperfect,” he continued.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scouting mission decision suggests he's like Alex Ferguson

Comparisons between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sir Alex Ferguson have become inevitable ever since the Norwegian former striker took the manager’s job at Manchester United[1].

Solskjaer spent 11 seasons working under the legendary Ferguson at Old Trafford, and has regularly spoken of his admiration for the man.

There are certain aspects of Solskjaer the coach that have clearly been inspired by Ferguson – and a clear example of this came to light in a recent interview.

In a discussion with Sky Sports[2], the Red Devils boss revealed that while he was in charge of Molde he cut short a scouting trip due to a dislike of a player’s hairstyle – something which Ferguson himself has previous experience with.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was far from impressed with a player's hairstyle while on a scouting trip
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was far from impressed with a player’s hairstyle while on a scouting trip

“I once went to see a player and as he walked out of the dressing room or through the tunnel onto the pitch, he had a Mohican – this was when I was back in Norway,” Solskjaer said.

“I just said to my scout: ‘Let’s go home, not interested.’ That was a very short scouting trip.”

This was reminiscent of a Ferguson story from David Beckham, who claimed the Scot made him shave his head when he once turned up to training with a mohican.

“I walked in the changing room and he hadn’t seen it because I was too scared to even show him,” Beckham told Otro[3].

“I’d gone into training the day before with a beanie on, trained in a beanie, gone back, walked in the hotel, had a beanie on, had dinner, beanie on, breakfast, beanie on, bus on the way to the stadium – beanie.

David Beckham received the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson when he turned up with a mohawk
David Beckham received the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson when he turned up with a mohawk

“Then as I got ready for the game I took it off, and he said ‘go and shave it off’. I giggled and he was like ‘no, I’m serious. Go and shave it off’.

“So I had to find a pair of clippers and I shaved it off in Wembley Stadium. Manager always rules.”

It is clear that for both Solskjaer and Ferguson appearances matter, and it would take a brave United player to turn up to training with a bold hairstyle following Solskjaer’s latest revelation.

References

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  2. ^ Sky Sports (www.youtube.com)
  3. ^ Otro (otro.com)

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Man Utd icon Sir Alex Ferguson took Jose Mourinho dig in elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer text

Man Utd: Solskjaer says Sir Alex Ferguson has been his mentor

Sir Alex Ferguson partied into the early hours of the morning over getting his club “back” after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager in December 2018, it has been revealed. The Norwegian has opened up on his early text message conversations with his former mentor in a new book to be published by Reach PLC.
Solskjaer is one of several Premier League managers to have spoken at length for a new book called The First 100 Days: Lessons In Leadership From The Football Bosses, which will be released this week.

Co-written by Micky Mellon, who is in charge of Scottish Premiership outfit Dundee United having previously managed Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere Rovers, and a school head teacher named Phil Denton, the book looks into the first 100 days for managers at new clubs.

Ex-United boss David Moyes, now in charge of West Ham, and West Brom and former England head coach Sam Allardyce as well as Burnley tactician Sean Dyche are among the other top-flight coaches to have sat down with the pair.

And in a chapter of the book, which releases this Thursday (March 25), Mellon and Denton spoke to Solskjaer about the early days of his return to Old Trafford in late 2018.

The 48-year-old came back to his old club initially as caretaker manager after Jose Mourinho had been axed following a disappointing string of results.

The Portuguese’s tenure ended with a 3-1 defeat to rivals Liverpool at Anfield in a result that left United on 26 points from 17 matches, 19 off of the league-leading Reds and 11 off of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Man Utd hero Sir Alex Ferguson took Jose Mourinho dig in elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer text

Ferguson was delighted that Solskjaer returned to Old Trafford in late 2018 (Image: GETTY)

Man Utd hero Sir Alex Ferguson took Jose Mourinho dig in elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer text

Solskjaer played for 11 years at United under Ferguson between 1996 and 2007 (Image: GETTY)

United appointed Solskaer as interim boss in Mourinho’s place with his club Molde allowing the Norwegian to head back to Manchester to see out the rest of the season on loan.

Solskjaer spent over a decade as a player at United and scored 126 goals in 366 appearances under the legendary Ferguson and was also the manager of the club’s reserves before taking over at Molde.

And Ferguson was delighted to have Solskjaer back at the club given the struggles David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Mourinho had endured in the hot-seat since his 2013 retirement, although the latter two both won trophies while in charge.

So much so, the Scot – now 79 and who spent 26 years at United winning 38 trophies – sent his former striker a text message soon after his appointment to admit he had been out all night partying in celebration at the news of his appointment.

Things soured for ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Mourinho in Manchester after he missed out on several transfer targets in the summer of 2018 and dire results followed as the atmosphere at the club grew toxic.

In The First 100 Days: Lessons In Leadership From The Football Bosses, Solskjaer told Mellon and Denton of the state of the squad when he took over: “It was a bit like going to Waitrose or Tesco. You spend 90 quid or 100 quid. Then you get home and try to make a meal but you’ve just got a bit of everything instead of what you need to make a good meal.

Man Utd hero Sir Alex Ferguson took Jose Mourinho dig in elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer text

Mourinho was sacked as United boss in December 2018 (Image: GETTY)

“When I arrived, some of the players had been here since Sir Alex, then David [Moyes] had signed a few, then Van Gaal signed a few, then Mourinho signed a few and they’ve all got different styles.

“Our group had so many different strengths but not many were what we would think of as Manchester United players.

“These are players that have pace, power and personality. We’re influenced by Sir Alex and that’s what our opinion of a Manchester United player is.”

And the extract continues: “After a packed first day [in the job] which culminated in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer visiting the staff Christmas party, day two would be no less intense for one of the highest profile managerial roles in the football world.

“On 21st December, 2018, United travelled to their team hotel near Cardiff in preparation for their first game under the stewardship of Solskjaer.

“The first day had been a roaring success and the love for Ole around the club was tangible. The question was, how would that translate to the players’ performance on the pitch?

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“I got a text from the manager [Sir Alex] who said: ‘Pick your team and sleep well.’ I sent him the players I was picking and I just got a message back: ‘That’ll do the job.’

“The very next day, it took only three minutes for a new-look United to race into a 1-0 lead. ‘Marcus crashed that free-kick home in three minutes and the whole thing felt like it had changed,’ said Ole. ‘We just went 4-3-3 and told the players to be free and express themselves.’

Man Utd hero Sir Alex Ferguson took Jose Mourinho dig in elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer text

The First 100 Days: Lessons In Leadership From The Football Bosses releases this week (Image: REACH SPORT)

“Eventually, United would run out 5-1 winners away from home. It was a sensational start that showed a belief from the players and a joy that their new manager had a faith in them and a love for the club that they could now represent as a team.

“The ovation from the crowd showed that United’s huge away following emphatically approved of their new manager. He had shown from day one that he was one of them and he stood for what they believed in.

“Early on the 23rd December, the day after the big win at Cardiff, Ole received the ultimate accolade via a text message. ‘I’ve been out all night celebrating getting my club back.’

“The sender? Solskjaer’s mentor, father in football and United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson.”

Solskjaer won his first eight matches as United boss and was won 14 of his first 19 games before being handed the gig on a permanent basis in March 2019.

United finished the season sixth following a poor end to the campaign which resulted in just one win from their final seven games, and they were also dumped out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals and lost to Wolves in the same stage of the FA Cup.

Man Utd hero Sir Alex Ferguson took Jose Mourinho dig in elated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer text

Solskjaer remains in charge at United and has overseen 137 games as Red Devils boss (Image: GETTY)

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Solskjaer’s first full season saw United finish third, albeit 33 points behind champions Liverpool, and they lost in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League.

This year, United are on course to come second in the league and currently trail rivals Manchester City by 14 points having played one match less, with nine still to play for the Red Devils.

In the cups however Solskjaer’s side once again fell at the semi-final stage of the Carabao Cup and were dumped out of the FA Cup in the last eight at the weekend by Leicester.

They have a favourable Europa League quarter-final draw against Granada after which they will take on either Roma or Ajax in the semis as they look to go one better than last year, when they lost in the final four to eventual champions Sevilla.

After the current international break, United return to action against Brighton on Easter Sunday (April 4, 7.30pm kick-off) before taking on Granada away from home in the first leg of their European tie with the Spanish side.

You can purchase The First 100 Days: Lessons In Leadership From The Football Bosses from the Reach PLC Sport shop with 25 per cent off the £10.99 RRP. Co-authors Mellon and Denton are donating their proceeds from the book to charity.

Ferguson phone call and £76m mistake – how Man Utd found their centre-back

It all started at a near-empty Old Trafford.

Manchester United Under-18s, featuring the likes of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard, had comfortably dispatched of Sheffield United in the 2011 FA Youth Cup Final.

A young Harry Maguire was in a Manchester hospital after being concussed in a collision, capping off a forgettable evening.

A few days later, however, the phone rang.

It was Sir Alex Ferguson.

The legendary United boss reportedly instructed Maguire to work hard, keep his head down and told him that, one day, he would play at the highest level if he took his advice on board.

Harry Maguire was knocked out in the FA Youth Cup final at Old Trafford
Harry Maguire was knocked out in the FA Youth Cup final at Old Trafford

Maguire, by all accounts, was left delighted and with a new-found confidence.

He soon made his first-team breakthrough at Bramall Lane and, two years later, he was on United’s radar.

When Sir Alex Ferguson left, he put David Moyes on the scent and suggested he make a move for Maguire.

He was identified as a potential target and would have cost just £4million, but instead headed to Hull City for a modest fee with United’s scouting team instructed to keep an eye on him.

Ferguson reportedly called Maguire with some words of encouragement
Ferguson reportedly called Maguire with some words of encouragement

They didn’t know it at the time, but it would turn out to be a costly mistake.

After impressing at Hull City, Maguire excelled at Leicester[1] City and established himself as one of the Premier League[2]’s top defenders.

Five years after missing the chance to sign him for just £4million, Maguire was back on United’s radar and it became clear just how much that decision had cost them.

Manager Jose Mourinho was desperate to land a top class centre-back, but a move for Maguire never came to fruition in the summer of 2018.

“I was not an idiot when I was crying in the last pre-season for a central defender,” Mourinho told Sky Sports a year later.

Maguire later made his Sheffield United breakthrough before joining Hull City and later Leicester City
Maguire later made his Sheffield United breakthrough before joining Hull City and later Leicester City

“First of all, he has physical qualities. If Maguire does not come, then today you have (Victor) Lindelof and (Axel) Tuanzebe, or Lindelof and Phil Jones. It’s a big difference.”

When new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived, he was also desperate to land his top class centre-back and Maguire again rose to the top of the shortlist.

He canvassed United’s England stars about their international team-mate and was left impressed with their assessment of Maguire.

But getting a deal done was far from straightforward.

Manchester City[3] were already believed to have failed with a £65million bid when United stepped up their interest.

Jose Mourinho was denied the signing of Maguire when the centre-back was at Leicester
Jose Mourinho was denied the signing of Maguire when the centre-back was at Leicester

A £70million bid was rejected in July, with Brendan Rodgers issuing a public warning to United, who remained hopeful of getting a deal done for around £75million.

“There will be a cut-off point,” Rodgers said. “We can’t leave ourselves short.

“There are targets we have in mind if Harry was to move on. But we don’t have to sell.

“If the valuation isn’t met it certainly won’t be allowed to go to the very end because, if we did want to bring someone in, it would be too late.

“So there will be a point – even if the valuation is met – it may just be too late.”

Maguire emerged as Man Utd's top target but attracted interest from elsewhereMan Utd star Harry Maguire has played more minutes than anyone else in 2020
Maguire emerged as Man Utd’s top target but attracted interest from elsewhere

Publicly, former player Wayne Rooney was amongst those to back a move for Maguire.

“I think Harry’s a good player and over the last few years he’s improved as a player,” Rooney said.

“He’s gotten better, and he’s been a main player for Leicester City, but also for England. I think he’d be a good signing if they can get him.”

Gary Neville, however, was more realistic, recognising the magnitude of the task of signing Maguire.

Neville told Sky Sports[4] : ” Manchester United[5] will be in the pit with the rest of the sharks looking for the big signings. It’s difficult for all clubs they all want the same players.

“They all want Harry Maguire, every single club wants him.”

As the summer dragged on, a deal appeared to be getting nowhere.

Leicester City’s ‘cut-off’ came and went, whilst Maguire featured in pre-season action.

There was a brief moment of excitement when he missed training, only for team-mate James Maddison to reveal he had been suffering from illness as he poked fun at the situation on social media.

As the clock ticked away and the deadline closed in, a deal appeared dead in the water.

Yet unlike under Mourinho, United recognised they could not afford to miss out on a centre-back.

The stand-off came to a sudden end when United agreed a £80million fee with Leicester to make him the world’s most expensive centre-back.

After being left out of Leicester’s squad to face Atalanta, he headed to Carrington for a medical and was confirmed as a Manchester United[6] player on August 5.

Harry Maguire's £80m move to Man Utd was the biggest transfer fee ever paid for a centre-back
Harry Maguire’s £80m move to Man Utd was the biggest transfer fee ever paid for a centre-back

Many felt United had overpaid, particularly given the fee exceeded that paid by Liverpool[7] for Virgil van Dijk.

Pep Guardiola claimed Manchester City “couldn’t afford” to match the fee United paid but Solskjaer was adamant Maguire had the qualities to make it worthwhile.

“Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature,” Solskjaer told United’s website when the deal was announced.

“He is a great reader of the game and has a strong presence on the pitch, with the ability to remain calm under pressure – coupled with his composure on the ball and a huge presence in both boxes – I can see he will fit well into this group both on and off the pitch.

”He has a great personality and is a fantastic addition to the club.

“I would like to welcome Harry to Manchester United and we are looking forward to working with him as we prepare for the new season.”

Whilst Maguire still has his critics, he has been imperative in United’s transformation under Solskjaer.

Maguire has led by example and been vital to Man Utd's progress in the last two seasons
Maguire has led by example and been vital to Man Utd’s progress in the last two seasons

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Less than a week after signing, he put in a man of the match performance in a 4-0 win over Chelsea[10].

Since a counter-attacking masterclass that day, United have transformed into a more dominant side with Maguire at the heart of a much-improved defence.

They head to his former club, Leicester City, in the FA Cup quarter-finals desperate to take another step towards adding some silverware to show for their progression.

After taking over the club captaincy from Ashley Young in January 2020, it is clear Maguire is the man tasked with leading United for years to come and ideally lifting plenty of trophies in the process.

The journey started with a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011, and it is now abundantly clear that in the summer of 2019, Manchester United finally found their centre-back.

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‘Africa vs everybody’: Francis Ngannou winds up Stipe Miocic & Tony Ferguson as he targets history in UFC heavyweight title clash

UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou has posed with champion Kamaru Usman and declared “Africa vs everybody” ahead of his title showdown with Stipe Miocic at UFC 260, causing ex-champ Tony Ferguson to respond with his own message.

Thunder-punching Ngannou wants to become the first Cameroonian, African and Frenchman to win a UFC crown when he faces heavyweight king Miocic in Las Vegas on Saturday, and he shared a photo of himself in the gym with welterweight title holder Kamaru Usman beforehand.

The 34-year-old has spoken of his humble beginnings in Cameroon as a youngster, where he worked as a sand miner before moving to France to pursue his celebrated MMA career.

In a cheeky response to the man who has said he hopes to inspire Africans to dream big, ex-UFC lightweight champion appeared to support US fighter Miocic by replying: “Merica’.”

Ferguson added his customary tagline of CSO – “champ s**t only” – in a dig at Ngannou’s prospects of dethroning giant veteran Miocic.

Ngannou posed with Ferguson in the city where he will fight at the weekend in a post shortly after ‘El Cucuy’s’ brutal defeat to Justin Gaethje in May, which denied him the chance of a title shot against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Tony Ferguson – the type of guy who is a beast,” he wrote at the time, grinning alongside Ferguson in a parking lot. “Think I can do some of his training methods.”

The number one-ranked heavyweight has spoken emotionally about his career path and rags-to-riches story in the build-up to meeting Miocic.

“This journey now is not only mine,” he explained to Bloody Elbow about his loyalties that go beyond patriotism. “It’s for all Cameroonians and for the whole of Africa and all of France, too.

“See where I’m from and see where I am today. This inspires a lot of people and gets a lot of people excited, so that they want to do something by themselves.

“In Africa, in many parts of the continent, people do not allow themselves to dream, because what they dream of [seems] unreal. But I’m just trying to show that everything is possible.

“That dream, you can allow yourself. You have a right. It doesn’t matter what was the beginning or how you began.

“What’s more important is where you arrive. As long as you prepare for your arrival and you have the right mindset, you can do it.”

Ngannou has predicted that the first UFC event in Africa will take place in Nigeria, where Usman and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya were born.

Usman has had a busy week of training and socializing with fellow fighters, meeting Abu Azaitar, who is training with Javier Mendez and a team that includes one of the trainer’s fighters, Nurmagomedov.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ took a photo with lightweight champion Nurmagomedov and his cousin, Umar, while Azaitar, who is facing Marc-André Barriault, thanked the team and Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, who he said had arranged a belated birthday gathering for him at his home in Las Vegas.

“[He] made me feel like I had a family in Vegas,” said Azaitar. “On the same day, my uncle, who I loved very much, passed away. It teaches me to be grateful and appreciate every single moment with my loved ones.”
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Rebecca Ferguson speaks out on bullying and blackmailing ordeal ‘Not being silent anymore'

Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, 34, has hit out about the way she claims she had been treated in the music industry after an unearthed video surfaced online tonight. The singer said she was not staying silent anymore as she shared details about treatment she had received, which included being bullied and blackmailed.
The singer began by sharing a video of herself and her fellow X Factor stars Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel being interviewed by Jeff Brazier.

The trio were mentored by former judge Cheryl on the show in 2010.

In the clip, the group were seen having a laugh as they tried to impersonate the X Factor voiceover. 

She captioned the video: “OMG! how sweet and innocent was I, how could anybody be cruel I am looking back and baffled at how I have been treated in this industry. How could you do that to a kid?”

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Rebecca said watching back certain videos had reminded her how some people treated her at a young age.

The former X Factor star didn’t disclose any names, but told fans she had been bullied and blackmailed.

In her first tweet, she wrote: “I am not even being silent anymore.

“You forced me to sign contracts, blackmailed me, bullied me, robbed me, I am not even being scared anymore I have looked back and I am disgusted in how you all treated an innocent young woman! Who just wanted to sing! Shame on you!”

She went on to say: “Up until 3 years ago, my music was blocked In the U.S because I offended a music boss!!

But, added: “To an innocent woman who just wanted to sing, I am heartbroken for the younger me who had to go through all of that.”

In view of her 644,000 followers, she concluded: “On a final positive note, I have a great and loving team around me now and I have found happiness which I am really proud of, I overcame and I survived it!

“And I am proud of myself for that and thankful to my fans and the people that supported me throughout. x.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Rebecca and ITV for comment. 

The singer auditioned for the X Factor in 2010 aged 23.

She duetted with Christina Aguilera in the final, but missed out on the win to Matt Cardle.

Despite not winning, she went on to have a successful music career with hits including Nothing’s Real but Love, Backtrack and Glitter and Gold.

Most recently, she duetted with Nile Rodgers for her new music.

Speaking to Express.co.uk in July, she said she believes she had a fair run on the singing show, but believes reality shows could be improved.

“There’s lots of things on these reality shows that could be improved, I’m not going to go into it all as I feel like for the past five years I’ve pretty much covered it.

“I think all reality shows need to be looked at and making sure everyone is treated respectfully and fairly and all that.

“There should be a lot more care for the contestants and their mental health. These kids coming off these shows they don’t have any after care.”’

In light of racism accusations on the show last year, Rebecca added she didn’t experience any racism while on the show herself.

Man Utd icon Sir Alex Ferguson opens up on 'terrifying' health fears after brain surgery

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he feared he may never speak again following his life-threatening brain haemorrhage three years ago. The Manchester United icon had to undergo emergency surgery in May 2018 and spent several days in intensive care after collapsing at home, and was also worried he might lose his memory.
The 79-year-old thankfully recovered and is at full health again but he has detailed the trauma of his health battle in a new documentary which will be released in May.

Amazon’s Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In was filmed while the iconic Scot recovered at home and was directed by the former manager’s son Jason, who has looked after his father’s dealings since his retirement from football in 2013.

And Ferguson spoke at length in a Q&A at the Glasgow Film Festival this week to admit that he feared he would lose his voice forever in the traumatic days after his surgery.

The Glaswegian, who reflects on his stand-out life experiences in and out of football in his new documentary, couldn’t speak for over a week and had to work with a speech therapist to recover his voice.

Exercises such as recalling members of his previous Aberdeen and Manchester United squads eventually helped Ferguson get his voice back after 10 days of struggling to do so.

But Ferguson admits throughout that time he thought that he might be rendered unable to speak ever again, and his fears that he might suffer memory loss led to him recalling all of his most treasured memories in his Amazon documentary.

“I lost my voice, just could not get a word out, and that was terrifying – absolutely terrifying,” he reflected.

“And everything was going through my mind: is my memory going to come back? Am I ever going to speak again?”

Ferguson has kept largely private about his health since his bleed on the brain but will uncover the details of his recovery in his behind-the-scenes special.

Looking back at his time as a player and a manager, the film features exclusive and unseen archive footage as well as interviews with friends and family as well as former players such as Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs.

“In the making of this film I was able to revisit the most important moments of my life, good and bad,” Ferguson said of the documentary last month.

“Having my son Jason direct this film has ensured an honest and intimate account.”

Ferguson spent 26 years in charge of United, arguably the biggest club in world football, and is commonly regarded as the greatest football manager of all time.

He won 38 trophies during his time at Old Trafford having also enjoyed also huge success with Aberdeen in his homeland before his trophy-laden spell in Manchester.

But the most treasured memory of his career, he said, was winning the top-flight title with United for the first time in 1992-93, the first season of the Premier League era.

“God almighty – I couldn’t get out of the car park,” Ferguson declared in the Glasgow Film Festival Q&A. “There were thousands of them… they could have made me president that day.”

That was one of 13 titles Ferguson delivered to see United take over Liverpool for the most league triumphs in England on 20, while he also won two European Cups and five FA Cups.

“My mindset every time I played a game of football was to win – that was the only thing that mattered,” he continued.

The Scot also opened up on the less positive experiences of his 39-year managerial career, which came after a playing career as a forward which was spent entirely in Scotland.

As a player, Ferguson scored 171 goals in 317 league games and enjoyed a two-year stretch with Rangers in the late 1960s as well as stints with St Johnstone, Dunfermline Athletic and Falkirk.

And having been the one to step out on the pitch, he admitted being on the touchline and dash the dreams of players was difficult.

“That is the worst thing, having to let a young player go,” Ferguson said.

“Because all his ambitions and hopes and desires are about playing for Manchester United in front of 75,000 people and going to Wembley in a final – when you take that away from them it’s a sore, sore thing. So I hated that.”

Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In will be available to watch in cinemas on May 27 and then on Amazon Prime Video as of May 29.