Man Utd legend Bryan Robson reveals the ONE time he faced one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous ‘hairdryer’ blasts

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Man Utd legend Bryan Robson reveals the ONE time he faced one of Sir Alex Ferguson's famous 'hairdryer' blasts

Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for his ‘hair dryer’ blasts on his players.

His old Manchester United captain Brian Robson managed to dodge it – except for once…

Brian Robson reveals he was only on the receiving end of Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous 'hair dryer' treatment once

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Brian Robson reveals he was only on the receiving end of Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous ‘hair dryer’ treatment oncecredit: Getty Images – Getty

Captain Marvel, now 64, recalls: “We were playing in Newcastle and it was going badly, we were losing 1-0 and Gaza was tearing us apart.

“We didn’t really know much about Gaza back then, but we certainly found out early when he was playing so well against us.

“I could see what was coming at half-time, so I thought it best to go in first.

“I said, ‘Yeah, we didn’t know much about that – I’ll try to sort it out in the second half’.

“Fergie yelled at me, ‘Solve it!’ – So I sorted it out in the second half.

“It was definitely a hairdryer but more than half a hairdryer.

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“I had a bad look—and you definitely don’t want to be on the receiving end of a full hairdryer!

“I still watch a lot in ‘The Gaffer’. I’m sure he missed out on the dug-out but I know he’s enjoying his retirement,” he said.

Neil Webb, now 58, played under Brian Clough, but says his time under Ferguson was nothing compared to.

Their main result centered around their England call-up under Three Lions manager Graham Taylor for a game against Czechoslovakia in 1992.

The Euros were coming but the Red Devils were on top and Fergie wanted to keep his players fresh. United took on Wimbledon before the midweek England game.

And Webb says: “I was substituted in that game … our physio Jim McGregor came over and said to me, ‘By the way, you’re injured, and you’re not going with England’.

“I told him, ‘No, I’m not injured’ and Jim said, ‘Gaffer isn’t going to let you go to report for England duty’.

“By the time I got home, there was a message from Graham Taylor to call her back immediately.

“I called and said I was not injured and wanted to report for England.

“He told me, ‘The club told me you’re injured, so you have to make a decision – if I don’t see you, you’ll put your England career at risk.

“I was put in a ridiculous position. Do I disappoint England? Or my manager and the club?”

Ian Webb, pictured with Mike Phelan and Fergie, recounts an incredible club vs country battle building up to his Man Utd boss

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Ian Webb, pictured with Mike Phelan and Fergie, recounts an incredible club vs country battle building up to his Man Utd bossCredits: Newsgroup Newspapers Ltd.

Webb continued: “I didn’t want to hang out with my manager. So didn’t report for England.

“Still, when I arrived at United on Monday morning, I trained.

“The manager didn’t care who would see me on the train, even though it was proved that I was not injured.

“That week, he called me into his office and as I walked in the door a pen went off the back of my head!

“He leaned straight, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You called Graham Taylor…’

“I told her, ‘I called her because she left a message to call her, and yes I told her the truth – and you trained me that I wasn’t injured’.

“He’s lost it now, and in his thick Scottish accent I’ve got this full barrel, and some of the words were too sweet.

“He went into full rant mode. That was my first and definitely my big downfall with him.

“I thought Cloggy was a law unto itself, but it was off the wall.”

*Harry Harris’ book Sir Alex: Simply the Best, published by Ed Lieb, is available in paperback for £8.99.

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