25/11/2013 04:25 GMT | Updated 25/11/2013 04:26 GMT

Sir Alex Ferguson And Neil Kinnock Mix With Vincent Tan For Socialism's Worst Advert

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Manchester United's Scottish former manager Alex Ferguson (L) stands with Cardiff City's Malaysian majority shareholder Vincent Tan (R) ahead of the English Premier League football match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales on November 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video

Manchester United were denied by Cardiff City at the death yesterday, but they weren't the only reds who suffered.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Neil Kinnock provided one of the worst advertisements for socialism in the stands as they mixed with Cardiff's maligned owner Vincent Tan.

Ferguson and former Labour Party leader Kinnock were seen joking with Vincent Tan, Cardiff's owner who changed the home strip to red last year after 113 years in blue. Tan also wants to change the club's name to Cardiff Dragons, in a bid to enhance the club's stock in the Asian market.

Photo gallery Fergie, Kinnock and Tan See Gallery

Despite his Labour allegiance, Ferguson contradicted his politics by defending United's Republican owners, the Glazer family, during his final eight years in charge at Old Trafford.

"My political convictions have remained largely unchanged from my time as a shop steward in the shipyards of Govan," Ferguson wrote in his book. "People's opinions change over time with success and wealth, but in my youth I acquired not so much a range of ideological views as a way of seeing life; a set of values."

Ferguson, who once assured "You wouldn't see me sitting beside David Cameron", accepted an OBE off Margaret Thatcher's government and a CBE from John Major's.