During Sir Alex Ferguson’s astonishing 28 years at Manchester United, very few players survived the famed ‘hairdryer treatment,’ and according to ex-striker Louis Saha, the ferocious Scotsman even handed it out on new arrivals.
Saha, who is now retired, joined Manchester United in 2004 and lasted for four years before going to Everton in 2008.
During his time at Old Trafford, the Frenchman won five major trophies, including two Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2007-08.
Despite scoring 42 goals in 124 games for the Red Devils, Saha has acknowledged that he didn’t get off to the best start under Ferguson.
In a recent interview, Saha remarked of the renowned manager’s pressure cooker management style, “Yes, I’ve been on the receiving end of this, but when he gave you the hairdryer treatment, he did it because he wanted you to improve.”
“He didn’t do it for the sake of his ego; he did it to defend the institution of Man United and how standards ought to be upheld.”
“It was good for the club, it was good for the players, and it was excellent for his position as a manager, keeping the players in line.”
“I remember it was my second game, and I got a big hairdryer treatment because I missed two sitters and we were on the verge of losing the game.” But having that treatment was a plus because he made us realize we were faking it and there was no way we could accept such standards.”