Sir Alex Ferguson is famous for many things - including the hairdryer treatment.
The Manchester United legend, who spent 26 successful years at Old Trafford, wasn’t afraid to dish out severe dressing downs to players - regardless of their reputation - when he saw it necessary to do so.
Even David Beckham, who often comes across as the world’s most mild-mannered man, felt Fergie’s wrath on occasions. The former England captain famously required stitches after the fiery Scot kicked a boot at his head - accidentally, apparently - following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
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In a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Mail, Wayne Rooney has revealed that he also received the infamous hairdryer treatment - although the striker, never one to back down, would give as good as he got.
Rooney insists he would feel fired up to make a point after being criticised in the dressing room, but the United and England captain admits Ferguson wouldn’t shout and swear at every player.
Rooney: Ferguson wouldn't shout at Nani
He names Nani as one of those who wouldn’t react well to being shouted at, but Ferguson - a master man-manager - knew this and handled the Portuguese winger differently.
“Sir Alex was really clever like that,” Rooney said. ‘He knew who he could have a go at, who it was best to leave alone. He always knew it brought the best out of me. It wouldn't work with Nani.”
Nani was more sensitive than Rooney
Nani came across as a sensitive lad - United fans will never forget the time he cried at Anfield following a bad challenge by Jamie Carragher - and Ferguson would have been acutely aware that ranting and raving at Nani would do the player, nor the club, any favours.
Rooney: It's fine for players to shout at each other
But Rooney, born and raised in one of the toughest suburbs of Liverpool, is a very different character to Nani.
“I’ve come in and had a go at players and I wouldn't mind at all if one had a go back at me,” the 30-year-old added. “If a manager comes in and has a go — yes, it has an impact. If a player isn't playing well, he needs to be told or he'll think his performance can't be that bad.
“I think it's good when a manager is like that. We're all international footballers, there is no harm in it. Sometimes you need to upset a team-mate.
“I think you should keep on top of players, keep going at them. It's not nice when the manager or a team-mate speaks to you like that.
“I know how I feel. My first thought is, "Right, I'll show you". I've told players with England and Manchester United that just because I'm captain it doesn't mean they can't have a go at me. I've been told I'm not making the right runs. I don't mind that. Every player has a voice.
“I was in a dressing room with Gary Neville and Roy Keane. I was 19 having rows with Gary, even with Alex Ferguson. That's how it should be.”
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