Manchester United star Anders Lindegaard has revealed the devastating effects of the famous Sir Alex Ferguson 'hairdryer' treatment and told of how some players would be "buried" by a tongue-lashing from the legendary manager.
"Ferguson was very militaristic. He could say the most terrible things. I've seen people in the locker room be buried in the worst way, where I just sat and thought 'Holy shit'," he said in an interview with TV3 in Denmark.
Ferguson announced his retirement at the end of last season once the Old Trafford club has secured their 20th league title and Lindegaard believes the troubles they are having under David Moyes this season are down to this.
Manchester United currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, ten points behind current leaders Manchester City, though Arsenal will make them 11 points adrift with a win at Aston Villa on Monday night, and they have struggled to impose themselves as they once did.
Three defeats in a row at the turn on the New Year, the first time such a losing streak has been seen at United for 13 years, led to some fans calling for Moyes to be sacked, but Lindegaard insisted this dip after Ferguson's retirement was understandable.
He believes Ferguson has people so tightly wound up with his relentless attitude, that it was inevitable for some players' form and focus to drop, but he insisted it would not last long.
"Many players now have so much responsibility that they have needed just to stop and breathe. But it is not possible at a club like Manchester United. No matter who is the coach, so would this time be come," he added.
"I believe we shall get it on an even keel and United will bloom again. I cannot imagine that United will not also be a top club and a name in the future."