Giggs reveals the four Man Utd players who never got Fergie’s hairdryer

Date published: Sunday 10th May 2020 4:48 - Steve Pearson

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Legendary former Man Utd winger Ryan Giggs has named the four superstars who never drew the infamous ire of Sir Alex Ferguson during his time at the club.

The Scottish manager presided over the greatest period in Man Utd’s history during his 26 years with the club.

A scarcely believable 38 major honours were lifted during that time, including an incredible 13 Premier League titles.

Welshman Giggs – who recently ordered Man Utd to complete a £20m capture – was a big part of many of those trophy-laden years, but despite being a top and consistent performer over two decades at Old Trafford, even he occaisonally fell victim to Fergie’s infamous temper.

However, not every major name was subjected to the hairdryer treatment, with Giggs now revealing which four superstars were immune to the verbal onslaught.

Regarding his management style, Giggs told beIN Sports (via the Daily Express): “It was one of his strengths, handing players and handling different personalities, characters. Whether to have a go at a player or whether to put an arm around a player.

“There were three or four players that he never had a go at. Cantona was one – Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“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 [Carlos] 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.

“He was a master of psychology, he was a master at getting the best out of certain individuals like whether to put an arm around, or whether to give them a rocket at half time or at the end of the game or leave them out knowing that the player would react in a positive way.”

Meanwhile, Man Utd could be gazumped by Newcastle in their efforts to sign a resurgent Premier League striker if the club fail to overcome two financial hurdles key to completing the deal.

 

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