Michael Carrick reveals what the Sir Alex hairdryer treatment was really like

Sir Alex Ferguson’s hairdryer is almost as famous as the legendary Manchester United boss himself.

Many players have fallen foul of one of Fergie’s infamous tantrums – and Michael Carrick has revealed he was on the receiving end in Yokohama, of all places.

United were playing in the Club World Cup following their Champions League triumph over Chelsea in Moscow in 2008.

The Red Devils were taking on Ecuadorian side Liga de Quito in the final and won 1-0 thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal despite Nemanja Vidic being sent off.


Carrick reveals Sir Alex had been pestering him about his passing; urging him to move the ball forwards more often.

The former Tottenham midfielder says he played all his passes in the first half in a forward direction, except one, laying the ball back for Rio Ferdinand, simply because it was the best option.

Carrick heard his boss lose his temper on the touchline, but he bore the brunt of Fergie’s wrath in the dressing room at half-time.

The ex-England man writes in his autobiography Between the Lines, serialised in The Times: "The moment I entered the changing room, the boss launched into me. ‘Pass the ball f***ing forward, I f***ing told you’. Sir Alex was raging.

"When he was like that you had to sit there and take it, let him blow off some steam. On the outside, I was calm, nodding at the boss’s points, hiding my anger.

"On the inside, I was fuming saying to myself, ‘I must have played 40 passes forward here and he’s picked the one where I’ve gone back’. But the boss was so wound up that I didn’t dare voice my defence."

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