MANCHESTER UNITED hero Lee Sharpe opened up about the most unforgettable hairdryer treatment he ever received from legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson ran United with an iron first since the day he took over in 1986 until his emotional departure in 2013, and that included some infamous backstage outbursts to some of his greatest stars.
Sharpe didn’t escape that dreaded hairdryer during his eight-year stint at Old Trafford, which kicked off in 1988 when he was only 17 years old.
Fergie always showed faith in the Red Devils’ academy, even in his early years before he even won the FA Cup in 1990, and the versatile midfielder was one of many youngsters that got a chance.
However, Sir Alex would push them the same way he did to his most respected veterans even before he won a single piece of silverware for United, where he ended up lifting over of 24 high honours.
Sharpe was only 18 years old and very new in the first team when he first encountered the Scotsman’s wrath during a crunch derby against rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
The ex-England international struggled in the first half and Ferguson let him know about it at half-time in the dressing room.
The now 82-year-old was so enraged he actually ordered the then teenager to sell his house, his car and even his dog before leaving the club.
However, the now 52-year-old now sees how the United legend was only trying to get the best out of him and looks back at the incident with a big smile on his face.
Sharpe told SunSport on behalf of Fruityslots.com: “For me personally. My worst one was probably at Anfield at half-time when he told me I have to move out my house and go back to Birmingham.
“To sell my dog, sell my car and drag it out back. I was only 18 years old at the time as well.
“And he told me how rubbish I was, how I couldn’t pass it, couldn’t head it, couldn’t run.
“And then [to] get out [for the] second half and go and play well at Anfield, which was a very difficult thing to do in the best of times…
“He was certainly an aggressive manager but certainly got the best out of players.”
Sharpe went on to flourish under Ferguson as he amassed a total of 245 appearances at United as well as three Premier League titles, two FA Cup trophies and the 1992 League Cup.