It seems every player found themselves on the wrong end of the ‘hairdryer’ during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Manchester United.
Wayne Rooney was no exemption, and admits that despite it being designed to rally players and encourage them to turn things around, it didn’t always have the desired effect.
Writing in his 2012 book My Decade, Man United’s all-time record goalscorer Rooney revealed: “There’s nothing worse than getting the ‘hairdryer’ from Sir Alex.
“When it happens, the manager stands in the middle of the room and loses it at me. He gets right up in my face and shouts.
“It feels like I’ve put my head in front of a Babyliss Turbo Power 2200. It’s horrible.
“I don’t like getting shouted at by anyone. It’s hard for me to take, so sometimes I shout back. I tell him he’s wrong and I’m right.
“It spurs some of the lads on, but it crushes others.”
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Rooney recalled an incident from 2006 when Ferguson was on the warpath.
And interestingly, the 35-year-old, remembered this particular ‘hairdryer’ as being the worst he ever witnessed during his time at United.
On the receiving end of the dressing down was French striker Louis Saha.
But Ferguson, who was angry with Rooney at the time for a different reason, took the opportunity to bash both players.
Saha’s dressing down came on the back of a Manchester United defeat in the Champions League by Celtic.
The Frenchman missed a sitter and a late penalty, and Ferguson was far from impressed.
Rooney wrote: “It was the worst ‘hairdryer’ I’ve seen. He’s in Louis’ face, shouting and screaming. But Louis isn’t the only one getting an earful.
“The manager knows I’ve been negotiating a new deal with the club and he saves some for me, ‘Players wanting more money from the club and new deals – you don’t deserve anything after that performance!'”
Rooney had four years left to run on his United contract in 2006, and was earning a tidy £45,000-a-week, when the club opened negotiations on a new deal.
The striker was eventually offered £90,000-a-week, with Ferguson saying at the time: “It’s something that chief executive David Gill and I have discussed already because we want Wayne Rooney to stay for a lifetime.
“He’s a fantastic footballer and his energy and enthusiasm show he is going to be a top, top player. We have always tried to ensure that contract situations are on the plus side for us.
“We did it with Cristiano Ronaldo last season and young Giuseppe Rossi during the summer. We have a group of young players that we want to stay together for a long time and Wayne is definitely very much part of that.”
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