SIR ALEX FERGUSON is famous for blasting ‘hair dryers’ on his players.
Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson dodged it – except once…
Captain Marvel, now 64, recalls: “We were playing at Newcastle and it went really badly, we lost 1-0 and Gazza tired us out.
“We didn’t really know much about Gazza at the time, but we certainly found out quickly when he had such a good game against us.
“I can see what will happen in the first half, so I thought it would be best to go first.
“I said, ‘Yes, we don’t know much about him – I’ll try to sort it out in the second half’.
“Fergie yelled at me, ‘Get it sorted!’ – so I sorted it in the second half.
“It was definitely a hair dryer moment but more than half a hair dryer.
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“I’ve seen much worse – and you definitely don’t want to be on the receiving end of a full hair dryer!
“I still watch a lot of ‘The Gaffer’. I’m sure he misses being fired but I know he’s enjoying his retirement.”
Neil Webb, 58, played under Brian Clough but says that’s nothing compared to his time under Ferguson.
His main frustrations centered on his call-up to the England squad under Three Lions manager Graham Taylor for a game against Czechoslovakia in 1992.
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And Webb said: “I was substituted in that game… our physicist Jim McGregor came over and said to me, ‘By the way, you’re injured, and you’re not going with the England team. ‘.
“I told him, ‘No, I’m not hurt’ and Jim said, ‘Gaffer won’t let you go to report on England duty’.
“By the time I got home, there was a text from Graham Taylor calling him home urgently.
“I called and said I was not injured and wanted to report to England.
“He said to me, ‘The club have told me you’re injured, so you have to make a decision – if I don’t see you then you jeopardize your England career. ‘.
“I’ve been put in a ridiculous position. Did I let England down? Or my manager and my club?”
Webb continued: “I don’t want to fail my manager. So did not report to England.
“However, when I arrived at United on Monday morning, I was training.
“The manager doesn’t care who will see me practice, even though it proves I’m not injured.
“That week, he called me into his office and when I walked in the door, a pen flew over my head!
“He said straight in, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You called Graham Taylor…’
“I said to him, ‘I called him because he left a message calling him, and yes I told him the truth – and you gave me the workout showing I wasn’t injured’ .
“He’s lost it now, and with his thick Scottish accent, I’ve bought it full crates, and some pretty word choices.
“He went into full rant mode. It was my first and definitely my big relationship with him.
“I thought the Cloughie was the law to myself, but this law goes beyond the point.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4367763/man-utd-ferguson-birthday-hairdryer-robson-webb/ Man Utd legend Bryan Robson reveals the ONLY time he faced one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous ‘hairdryer’ explosions