Manchester United: Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals Extent of ‘Hairdryer Treatment’

Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferguson was famous for his 'hairdryer treatment' of players. Allsport UK/Allsport

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed his famous “hairdryer treatment” was only used half a dozen times in his 27 years as manager of Manchester United.

Ferguson, who retired in 2013, was well-known for expressing his rage toward Manchester United players with such force that it was dubbed the “hairdryer treatment.”

But the 74-year-old has looked to dispel rumors about how often he would react with such fury in the dressing room at Old Trafford.

“There was a lot of myth about it,” Ferguson told The Sun. “It happened about half a dozen times in 27 years and the players will tell you that.

“The problem for me was if a player answered me back, I headed towards them. That was my problem.”

Ferguson, who won 38 trophies at United, insists he did not “rule by fear” but revealed his true emotions to his players, despite advice from a mentor.

“Jock Stein [a former Scottish football manager] always said to me, ‘Leave it until Monday to talk to them,’ but I said I couldn’t wait until Monday,” Ferguson said.

“So, on a Saturday after the game, I told them exactly how I felt, because we had trained at a level all week that I expected to win every game. I told them exactly the truth and the truth works.”