Players have more respect – Fergie

Manchester United

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims he no longer dishes out his infamous 'hairdryer treatment' to underperforming players.

The 70-year-old Scot, who believes he has another two or three years before retirement, said age and experience had mellowed him and he no longer went in for dressing room bust-ups.

Instead Ferguson, who claims players in the modern game are more respectful, opts to only lose his temper when a situation calls for it.

“I don’t have any confrontations really, not nowadays, although maybe when I was younger I would have,” he told Radio Five Live. “If a player answered me back I would head straight for them, this is where the hairdryer treatment comes in. I didn’t allow a player to beat me in an argument.

“Now I am older and more experienced and because of that and my time at the club the players have more respect.”

That is not to say Ferguson has gone soft in his approach to the players, however, and he accepts he is prone to the odd outburst of frustration.

“There is nothing wrong with losing your temper if it is for the right reasons – sometimes you are better getting it out of your system,” he added.