Ferguson: 'Hairdryer' treatment wouldn't work on modern fragile beings

Fiery Scot Sir Alex Ferguson's legendary 'hairdryer' treatments wouldn't work on today's footballers, the former Manchester United manager explains why.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has touched on the evolution of the footballer.

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While the Scotsman's 27-year tenure at Old Trafford will be defined by his consistency in claiming top honours, his tactical nous and pioneering formations and his ability to build a number of elite teams, he will also be remembered for his 'hairdryer' treatments… for the boot-flying David Beckham incident, the half-time dressing down of past stars such as Dion Dublin and, more recently, reported arguments with Wayne Rooney.

However, if Ferguson was managing in today's era, he would calm down his confrontations as footballers these days are 'far more fragile' than the ones he was accustomed to when he was coaching in Scotland in the 1970s, or when he started his career in Manchester in 1986.

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'The human beings I’ve dealt with are far more fragile than the human beings of 30 years ago,' he is quoted by ESPN to have said. 'And I say that in a good sense because they’re coming from better conditions. I couldn’t lose my temper the way I did back then with people nowadays.

'Also, which has become very dominant in the English game, is the culture of players from different countries. At United I think there are people from 20 different nationalities and that’s a challenge because people from different cultures have to be addressed.

'You have to make sure that they are comfortable in their environment because it’s a results industry and you need to get the best out of them.'

Out of the current roster at United, who would be least likely to handle Fergie's hairdryer? What about at other, rival, clubs? Let us know in the comment section below…

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