Live

Highlights on Off The Ball

03:30 PM-06:00 PM

Highlights on Off The Ball
'There were three or four play...
Soccer

'There were three or four players Ferguson never had a go at'

Off The Ball
Off The Ball

07:03 11 May 2020

Alex Ferguson's infamous 'hairdryer' treatment gave numerous Manchester United players cause for concern. Yet, as Ryan Giggs has revealed, there were a handful of players who the Scottish manager thought better of roaring at. 

From making his first team debut in 1991 to his retirement in 2014, Ryan Giggs' astonishing Manchester United career very nearly took place entirely under the management of Alex Ferguson.

Although the Scot had departed from his role as manager one year before the Welshman called it a day, Giggs is nevertheless better placed than most to recall the details of what went on at United during the club's most successful era.

Seeing all manner of players come and go from the United dressing-room, even now he can recall those who were treated a little differently when things weren't going well for their ability to turn it all around.

Alex Ferguson

With his infamous 'hairdryer' treatment, Alex Ferguson was said to keep his players in line if things started slipping. Nevertheless, some players were luckier than others in this regard.

"There were three or four players that he never had a go at," revealed Ryan Giggs in conversation with beIN Sports, "Cantona was one – Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo. They were all in their own ways match winners.

'They did the stuff on the pitch, so he never felt [like he had to]. Eric, there were some games where Eric didn't do anything. He didn't score, he wasn't running about like a Tevez or a Wayne Rooney, he didn't have any impact.

"But he knew sooner or later he would come good. We would be sat in the dressing room thinking he's got to have a go at him, he's got to have a pop at him because he didn't do anything today.

"But the next week he'd score the winner or he would produce a moment of magic so he handled the big names really well as long as they were doing it on the pitch, he handled them in a different way."

Alex Ferguson

In a demonstration of Roy Keane's importance to Manchester United, the current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that watching Michael Jordan in The Last Dance has brought back to him memories of his former captain.

Download the brand new OTB Sports App in the Play Store & App Store right now! We've got you covered!

Subscribe to Off The Ball's YouTube channel for more videos, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest sporting news and content.


Read more about

Alex Ferguson Bryan Robson Cristiano Ronaldo Eric Cantona Manchester United Roy Keane Ryan Giggs

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up in queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

03:30 PM-06:00 PM

Share

Up next

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

06:00 PM-07:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Newsround

LIVE: Newsround

07:00 PM-07:30 PM

Share

LIVE: John Giles

LIVE: John Giles

07:30 PM-08:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Off The Ball

LIVE: Off The Ball

08:00 PM-09:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Football Show

LIVE: The Football Show

09:00 PM-10:00 PM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

10:00 PM-12:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

12:00 AM-02:00 AM

Share

Repeat: Off The Ball

Repeat: Off The Ball

02:00 AM-05:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

05:00 AM-07:00 AM

Share

OTB's Crappy Quiz

OTB's Crappy Quiz

07:00 AM-07:30 AM

Share

LIVE: OTB AM

LIVE: OTB AM

07:30 AM-10:00 AM

Share

Repeat: OTB AM

Repeat: OTB AM

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Share

LIVE: The Snap - American Football

LIVE: The Snap - American Football

12:00 PM-01:00 PM

Share

OTB Gold

OTB Gold

01:00 PM-01:30 PM

Share

LIVE: Paddy Power Half Hour

LIVE: Paddy Power Half Hour

01:30 PM-02:00 PM

Share

Highlights on Off The Ball

Highlights on Off The Ball

02:00 PM-03:00 PM

Share

LIVE: Friday Night Racing

LIVE: Friday Night Racing

03:00 PM-04:00 PM

Share

Team 33 Gold

Team 33 Gold

04:00 PM-05:00 PM

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on