Sir Alex Ferguson was the best because he had the best expectations. And a fiery reputation to go along with that.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has given an insight into Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous hairdryer treatment. During the legendary Scot’s 27-year tenure at Old Trafford, there were a number of players who received a rollocking for not pulling their weight.
Fans will remember all the fall outs, David Beckham being hit in the eye with a flying football boot, and clashes with the media.
After years of countless tales, we began using the term ‘hairdryer treatment’ when referring to Ferguson, so any player who felt his anger in the dressing room was experiencing exactly that.
Foster experienced the hairdryer treatment while playing for United between 2005 and 2010.
“Imagine your dad telling you off for the worst thing you’ve ever done and you’re sitting there like a little child, a little schoolboy and you just have to sit there and take it,” Foster said on Tubes & Ange Golf Life’s Foooore Hole Challenge.
“You couldn’t come back, there was very few players [that did]. Probably Roy Keane was the only one that would have come back or could have come back. I was in no position to come back and I was just sitting there going ‘yeah, sorry, sorry’.
“I came for a ball late on in the game, I think it was against Sunderland, Kemwyne Jones, bosh, have a bit of that, he won the header, goal. Thankfully I think we scored a last-minute goal, but wow.
“You know it’s coming. You know it’s coming because as soon as he walks in, you can sense it. You can sense the red rage bursting through the doors.”
I can’t help but wonder what it’s like the dressing room today, with Solskjaer in change, but I’ve always been of the belief he could hand out rollockings too if needed.