Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment details revealed by former player

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Sir Alex Ferguson would send tea cups and orange juice flying during his infamous hairdryer treatments, according to former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore.

Blackmore, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford making 245 appearances in all competitions, revealed what it was really like to be in the dressing room during one of Ferguson’s tirades, claiming: “everything went all over the place.”

The Scottish boss was renowned for not holding back when he was disappointed with his side’s performance and clashed with many high-profile players at United, including David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.


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In fact, Beckham once received a flying boot to the face during a Ferguson hairdryer treatment after his manager had kicked it leaving him requiring stitches.

Blackmore can recall the first time he encountered one of Ferguson’s rants during a match against Torquay.

"It was 0-0 at half-time and he went a bit berserk, and gave us an idea of what could happen if we didn’t play well,” he said.

"That is where he kicked the teas, orange juice. Everything went all over the place.

"It was everywhere but you know he was very fiery and just had to get it out of his system.”

Ferguson’s half-time hairdryer treatment obviously worked with the Red Devils going on to win that particular match.


“I think we won but it was just [Fergie] putting down a benchmark. If you don’t pull your weight this is what you’re going to get,” he said.

Blackmore also revealed what is was like to be the individual target of Ferguson’s tongue-lashing.

“Individually, I only got it once or twice but you’ve just got to ride the storm."


Despite the occasional bust-up with some of his players, Ferguson led United to an incredible 13 league titles during his 25 years at the club. He also lifted two Champions League titles and five FA Cup trophies and his success resulted in the club renaming the Old Trafford North Stand as the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

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