Sir Alex Ferguson claims he used the ‘hairdryer’ treatment only six times during his time at Manchester United
Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that the infamous ‘hairdryer’ treatment was not quite regularly used by him on his players as the media report it, and insisted that his players were never scared of him and that he used it only on six occasions over his 27-year-old career as manager of the Red Devils. The Scotsman admitted that he never actually treated his players with anger like media in the past have reported.
Speaking to The Sun he said: "There was a lot of myth about it. It happened about half a dozen times in 27 years, and the players will tell you that.” Ferguson also admitted that the only reason behind him ever screaming at his players was when his players dared to talk back to him and that it was a real problem for him.
"The problem for me was if a player answered me back, I headed towards them. That was my problem. Jock Stein always said to me, ‘Leave it until Monday to talk to them,’ but I said I couldn’t wait until Monday.”
The Scotsman led Manchester United to 38 trophies, including two Champions League trophies as manager. Under his reign, none of the English clubs was able to match up the level of the Manchester-based club and he also introduced world class players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney to the world of football.
Sir Alex was a very passionate manager and hated losing even a single match under any circumstances. He would never back off from letting the players know what he feels and what he expects from them.
"So, on a Saturday after the game, I told them exactly how I felt, because we had trained at a level all week that I expected to win every game. I told them exactly the truth and the truth works. Name a Manchester United team that played with fear. My job was to get a positive attitude into that team, for them to express themselves, never give in and enjoy playing for the club. That is sacrosanct."
But ever since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have failed to replicate the kind of success the Scotsman had achieved since his appointment as manager of the club. Over the last couple of season, the club has seen three different managers including David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and current manager Jose Mourinho.