Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson would jokingly threaten to use a sword against any young players who misbehaved, Cardiff City striker Fraizer Campbell has revealed.
Campbell, who scored the equalising goal against the Red Devils on Sunday, rose up through the Manchester United youth ranks before making two senior appearances for the club.
However, after failing to cement his place in the first team, Campbell was sold to Sunderland in 2009.
And now Ferguson has retired, the 26-year-old has lifted the lid on one peculiar disciplinary method the legendary Scottish manager would use in order to keep the club's starlets in line.
"When Sir Alex was there, all the young lads would be brought in on the first day and he would tell the players how the club is run and what he expects of professionals," Campbell told the Daily Star. "Right at the end of the meeting he picked me out and said, ‘Fraiz, can you go over to the cupboard and get that box out?
"I got the box out and gave it to him and he pulled out a massive sword.
"He said, ‘If any of you misbehave then I’ll have to get the sword out!’'
Although Ferguson might have kicked a boot in anger around the changing room, there are no accounts of him ever being forced to bring out the sword.
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