Sir Alex Ferguson was notorious for dishing out the ‘hairdryer treatment’ to those who got on the wrong side of him.
Numerous stories from the Manchester United dressing room have surfaced over the years with the most famous being the David Beckham boot incident.
Beckham was singled out for his performance in an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal in 2003, the midfielder reacted leading to Fergie kicking a boot into his face.
One unsuspecting recipient of the ‘hairdryer treatment’ is former United kitman Albert Morgan, who spent 20 years behind the scenes at Old Trafford under Ferguson.
“I had two ‘hairdryers’ and that’s all,” Morgan told ManUtd.com. “One, I probably deserved and one we still argue about. I won’t talk about the one I deserved, but the one we argued about I will tell.
“I used to go down to London on the team coach in the morning when the boys were going down on the train. This particular morning I told Sir Alex, ‘right I’m off to London now on the coach and I’ll see you at Euston’. He asked me to take his bag on the coach, so I got hold of it and off we go.
“A couple of hours later, after training, he rings me back and asks me to bring his bag up to the office because he wanted a book out of it. I said, ‘Gaffer, I’m going past Luton Airport!’
“Well, he started ranting and raving, and he put the phone down! We get to London, to the ground and I laid all the gear out. All of the lads are telling me he’s after me, he’s after me.
“Scholesy is pointing me out to him! So I get on the coach at the back door because Sir Alex always sat at the front. I wouldn’t go anywhere near him! But the lads are still winding me up, pointing me out.
“We get to the hotel and they are all at it again as I’m unloading the bus. ‘Gaffer, he’s here, here he is’. So I just kept out of his way. I had a bath in the hotel and went downstairs for something to eat. Mick Phelan starts then when we’re in the bar having a drink – ‘here he is boss, he’s here!’
“But I still stayed out of his way. ‘The lovers have had a tiff’, they were all saying. But then, suddenly, he comes down the corridor out of nowhere and straight into the dining room. He just put his arm around my shoulder and he said, ‘give us a kiss!’”
The pair are still great friends and Morgan retired at the same time as Ferguson in 2013.
He revealed he has been speaking to him every day during lockdown and the Man United great is doing well.
He added: “I speak to him almost every day and he is on a total lockdown at the moment. He has not been out of the house.
“I think his Mrs has had to nail his feet down! He is in good form, he is doing his exercises every morning.
“He has got his dumbbells out, he is on his rowing machine, his walking machine, so yeah he is doing well.”