Manchester United hero Patrice Evra has recalled receiving "the most unbelievable" Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer during one of his best games for the club – in order to send a message to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Evra played under Ferguson for seven of his eight years at United, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League together.
The former France left-back shares a special relationship with his old gaffer, but even that wasn't enough to save him from the famous hairdryer treatment.
Fergie, who regularly let rip at his players behind closed doors, once sprayed spit in Evra's face while subjecting him to a furious dressing down in the Old Trafford changing room.
And what made it all the more puzzling for the defender was he had just produced his best performances in a United shirt.
“When we were playing Tottenham [in 2007], we were winning 2-0, I was playing one of the best games since I joined United," Evra said on talkSPORT.
“At half-time, we came back in the dressing room, Ferguson didn’t speak for four or five minutes. When he doesn’t speak straight away, you know someone is in trouble.
“Everyone is saying, ‘Patrice – you’re on fire’, but Ferguson looked at me and he said, ‘Patrice – are you OK?’
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“I say, ‘Yeah’. He said, ‘Are you tired?’
“I said, ‘What?’ He said, ‘Why did you pass the ball back to Edwin van der Sar?’
“I said, ‘Because I didn’t have any solutions, I just passed one ball to the goalkeeper’, and he gave me the most unbelievable hairdryer.
“He said, ‘If you do that again, you’re going to watch the rest of the game next to me, this is the worst you’ve ever played since you’ve been with United!’
“I stood up and he was in my face spitting. His face was there, with his vein. I would argue injustice but I would never answer back in front of my team-mates because I respect the authority.
“We beat Tottenham 4-0 and I couldn’t wait, his door is always open, so the next day I go straight to his office, I knock on the door.
“He said, ‘Hello? Who is it? I said, ‘It’s Patrice…’
“He said, ‘Oh, son! How are you?’ He was really happy… I said to him, ‘Boss – what happened yesterday?’
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“He said, ‘Patrice – you were the best player on the pitch, but Cristiano Ronaldo was starting to do his skill, other players were missing chances, when you play for United and you score one, you have to score the second, the third, the fourth’.
“I said, ‘But boss – why me? Be careful, boss, because this time it was a really close one’.
“And he said, ‘Get out of my office, F, F, C’ – I won’t say the words he used. I was like, ‘wow’.
“But when I closed the door, I realised he just used me to send a message to the team, to make sure we respect Tottenham and make sure we scored goals."
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