Sir Alex Ferguson used to shout at Rooney when he really wanted to shout at Nani

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One of the more interesting anecdotes from Wayne Rooney's appearance on Monday Night Football was about Sir Alex Ferguson's style of management at Manchester United.

Fergie is unequivocally the greatest manager the Premier League has ever seen, so it's always fascinating to get an insight into his genius and what used to go down in the dressing room.

Speaking on MNF, Rooney explained how the Scotsman sometimes just used to say, 'Go and win the game,' for his team talks and let them get on with it.

"Some of his team talks were, 'Go and win the game,'" said the Everton striker. "'You 11 players are better than their 11 players, go and win the game and work it out for yourselves on the pitch.'

"If we got a player sent off, the players would work out how we change the formation themselves on the pitch and if there was a problem the manager would change it.

"In the big games, that's where he'd get his tactics right."

Fergie became renowned for his hairdryer treatment at United, which most players came to fear during their time at the Theatre of Dreams.

But not Rooney. Sir Alex knew the best way to get a reaction out of the Englishman was to make him angry, so they used to argue with each other.

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For some players, however, being shouted at wasn't the answer. Rooney revealed how there was always one player who crumbled when Sir Alex lashed out at him: Nani.

Fergie knew he risked 'losing' Nani if he had a go, so he used to direct his anger at Rooney instead and would actually tell him to stop dribbling, when he really wanted Nani to stop dribbling.

"His man-management without a doubt [was his biggest strength]," Rooney added. "As a manager he was the best. He knew how to speak to players, how to get a reaction.

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"So many times at half-time I had played well and others in the dressing room hadn't but he'd come for me. He knew there'd be a shouting match but it'd get a reaction from me.

"If he did it to another player - for example Nani - he knew he'd lose the player but he just knew the right thing to do. He'd tell me to stop dribbling, aiming it at Nani!

"He's the only manager that could leave someone out and make them feel good about it. He was incredible. He knew how to get a reaction."

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