Foster won the two League Cups with United (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Manchester United keeper Ben Foster has opened up on the time a seething Sir Alex Ferguson gave him the full hairdryer treatment and banished him to the reserves after a string of poor performances.

United signed Foster from Stoke City in 2005, and he got his first big break in the Red Devils first team after an injury to No.1 Edwin van der Sar at the start of the 2009-10 season.

After several high profile errors against the likes of Manchester City and Stoke, the veteran Premier League stopper was on the receiving end of two dressing downs from Ferguson.

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He told That Peter Crouch podcast: ‘I was second-choice goalkeeper so I got in the team and started off well, then I had a few shaky games.

‘The one game that did it for me was the Manchester derby which was 4-3 to United, where Michael Owen scored the winner in the last minute.

‘I was all over the shop and I remember coming in at full-time and Sir Alex Ferguson absolutely nailed me. We had just won the game so everyone was buzzing but he shut everybody up to nail me in front of everyone.

‘I was thinking, “Wow I don’t need that’. He said, “You pull that stunt again that is you done”.

Ferguson scouted Foster from the lower leagues (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Thankfully he kept me in the team and I was decent for a few games and then I dropped another clanger at home to Sunderland. Big Kenwyne Jones was so strong, he bullied me to the ball and scored a header.

‘I was on the floor in a heap but again Patrice Evra scored a last-minute equaliser and I was buzzing again, thinking thank god for that. But no.

‘We got in at full-time and Fergie went at me for two or three minutes saying, “You are finished, you are out and in the reserves, that is you done”.

‘All the big boys including Cristiano Ronaldo were still in the dressing room at the time. That was me done, I was training with the reserves for the rest of the season”.’

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