It’s official, Sir Alex Ferguson hates long hair and if his latest book “Leading” has taught us nothing else, it’s that when it comes to luscious locks, the Scot wanted them snipped to high heaven.
Writing in his new tome, with quotes republished by The Independent, Fergie recalls coming face to face with new signing Karel Poborsky and his Led Zeppelin-inspired do:
"I never understood why players would want to have long hair. Anything, even a few extra locks of hair, just didn't seem sensible.”
The comments got us thinking about which other Manchester United stars probably faced their fair share of stick for their choice of hairstyle.
Here are a selection:
1. Gabriel Heinze
Once upon a time, Heinze could do no wrong at Old Trafford, with some consummate defensive displays and superb free-kicks. The only drawback was his mullet-looking hairstyle. No wonder Fergie signed Patrice Evra!
2. Lee Sharpe
As a lad growing up in Madchester, it was perhaps understandable that Sharpe started to sport a shaggy longer hairstyle, like a reject from a bad Britpop band. Ferguson may have sold him to Leeds as a result.
3. Dimitar Berbatov
Granted his hair may not have been especially long, but Berba still probably got in trouble for trying a little too hard to look like Mafia movie-favourite Andy Garcia. His punishment? A move to Fulham – harsh, to say the least.
4. Carlos Tevez
With Tevez on board, United boasted arguably the most formidable array of strikers on the continent in 2008. But that greasy long mane of his evidently distracted Sir Alex and Tevez’s loan move was not made permanent.
5. Diego Forlan
It took Diego Forlan some 27 games to get off the mark for the Red Devils, and Ferguson no doubt pointed to his lady-like locks as the reason behind the slump. Mind you, he fared okay in Spain…
6. Paul Pogba
The French teenager’s hair has always been a bit all over the place. Long in places, short in others and with a few highlighted squiggles thrown in for good measure, but it probably haunts Fergie’s dreams now.
7. David Beckham
The man of a thousand haircuts, ranging from good to truly awful, Beckham has had more dodgy barnets than Thomas Brolin has had hot dinners, but we think this one is particularly noteworthy.