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Paul Scholes Reveals Worst Hairdryer Treatment He Got From Sir Alex Ferguson

Paul Scholes Reveals Worst Hairdryer Treatment He Got From Sir Alex Ferguson

Paul Scholes has revealed that he got the biggest 'boll**king' off Sir Alex Ferguson after a 4-3 loss to Newcastle United, despite setting up two goals in the game.

'Fergie' was well known for his hairdryer treatment at Manchester United and, even though Scholes admitted he wasn't on the receiving end of it too often, the midfielder still had to face it occasionally.

One such time came in September 2001 when Scholes came off the bench to help United comeback from 3-1 down to draw level with the Magpies, only to hand them the win.

"I probably didn't get as much as everyone else, but I do remember one particularly bad one was Newcastle away," the eleven time Premier League champion said on the Savage Social podcast on BBC Sounds.

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"I was sub actually, and still got b******ed!

"I think we were two or three-nil down maybe. I came on and we got it back to 3-3, I'm not saying it was down to me!"

"I'd done alright, I made a couple of chances and I think I made a goal, and I could have scored a couple of times. So I thought I'd made a little bit of a difference.

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"Then with about 15 minutes to go I tried a backheel, probably around the halfway line, and they broke and I think [Alan] Shearer scored.

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"Then afterwards the manager went absolutely ballistic at me, and it was the first time I ever answered back.

"It was never something I'd ever do, because I'd seen [Paul] Incey and Peter Schmeichel answer back to him and it doesn't end well! Trust me!

"I just kept answering back to him. I was wrong really, and that was never me.

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"Whenever I was getting a b******ing I just took it, but for this one occasion I didn't think it was merited because I thought I'd made a little bit of difference to the team and got us back in the game."

The scenes in the dressing room might have looked a bit like this. Image: PA Images
The scenes in the dressing room might have looked a bit like this. Image: PA Images

Scholes had actually come on at 3-1 down and assisted goals for Ryan Giggs and Juan Sebastian Veron as the Red Devils got back into the game to make 3-3.

Shearer's goal late on earned all three points for the Magpies at St James' Park and clearly led to a right telling off for the former England international for giving the ball away.

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It wasn't a good day for Fergie's central midfield as Roy Keane was sent off with eight minutes to go, which no doubt didn't help the manager's mood.

After three titles in-a-row, United would lose out in the 01/02 season, with Arsenal winning the league, and for the first time in the Premier League era finished outside of the top two.

Topics: Paul Scholes, Football News, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Premier League, Alan Shearer, Newcastle United

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