Ferdinand explains how Sir Alex Ferguson reacted angrily to news that he wanted to open a restaurant.
Rio Ferdinand has revealed how he once received the hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex
Sir Alex Ferguson's 'hairdryer' treatment is a managerial technique that has become part of footballing folklore, and it seems no player at Manchester United was safe, including former centre-back Rio Ferdinand.
Despite being a key part of the side that won six Premier League titles during a 12-year spell at Old Trafford, Ferdinand has revealed that he still found himself in the firing line of the legendary manager at times.
Manhester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson enjoyed a somewhat turbulent relationship with some of his players
Speaking at the DocuSign Momentum event in London, the 37-year-old revealed how the Scot reacted to finding out about the former England international's Manchester restaurant, Rosso.
According to The Mirror, Ferdinand explained: “I told Sir Alex I wanted to open a restaurant. He went crazy.”
Rio Ferdinand is now working as a pundit following a glittering career
Given the number of players to have seen their United careers ended by ruffling the feathers of the fearsome boss, one could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that Ferdinand was lucky to extend his career at Old Trafford.
However, he insists that he managed to patch things up with his former boss, explaining that he needed a business to fall back on once he stopped playing.
Ferdinand has backed France for Euro 2016 glory
He added: “After a while they were fine with it because they were booking tables at my restaurant.”
Ferdinand's glittering career saw him earn 81 caps for England, giving him a pretty good idea of what it takes to be successful on the international stage, and he could not resist once again backing France for winning Euro 2016, stating: “They’ve got a really good youthfulness about them and terrific speed. Their speed is explosive.”