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Furious Sir Alex Ferguson Gave Paul Ince The Ultimate Hairdryer Treatment In Incredible Argument

Furious Sir Alex Ferguson Gave Paul Ince The Ultimate Hairdryer Treatment In Incredible Argument

Paul Ince recalled how Sir Alex Ferguson went "absolutely ballistic" for conceding the ball late on in a match and reminded him there was "only one Guvnor around here."

The 52-year-old former Manchester United star spent six years at Old Trafford and had a temperamental relationship with Ferguson.

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And Ince has revealed how tensions hit boiling point with the legendary former United boss during a match against Norwich City.

The former Blackpool boss said that United were either "3-0 or 3-1" up at the time and he decided to do a "mazy run" and show off some skills after he couldn't find one of his teammates.

But Ince lost the ball and Norwich almost scored, which left a seething Ferguson to pull no punches as he delivered his infamous 'hairdryer treatment.'

"We played Norwich away at Carrow Road and this was a time when they were going for the title at the same time as us," he told talkSPORT.

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"I think we were winning 3-0 or 3-1 and we got to the 92nd minute and I've got the ball in the middle of the park, I looked up and didn't see anything, so I went on a mazy run, beat one, a little step over and beat two but then lost the next one.

"They went back down the pitch and nearly scored. The whistle goes at the end of the game and we are patting people on the back and giving high fives and saying 'what a great result, lads.'

"Ferguson comes in [to the changing room] and goes absolutely ballistic at me saying 'who do you think you are? You ain't no Maradona or Pele.'

"I said: 'Gaffer, what are you on about?'

"He said: 'You've lost the ball in the 92nd minute and they could have scored.'

"I said: 'But they didn't gaffer and we won 3-1.'

"He starts coming up to me in my face and I'm thinking I'm not having this.

"So I stand up, we are face to face, and he is shouting and as he is shouting I've got spit going in my eye.

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Credit: PA
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"I'm trying to talk back to him but every time I open my mouth the spit goes in so I thought I would keep my mouth shut.

"[Assistant manager] Brian Kidd stepped in between the two of us and we didn't speak for five days.

"We played head tennis on the Thursday and he was the referee. It gets to 9-9, [Steve Bruce] heads the ball up in the air and I do an overhead kick, it hits the line to win the game.

"Sir Alex goes: 'out.'

"Because we weren't speaking at the time I could not say anything. I looked at him, he said 'out, game over they won.'

"As I walked away he said 'there's only one Guvnor around here, Incey, and it ain't you."

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Credit: PA

Ferguson shipped on Ince to Inter Milan in 1995, but the former England international did return to the Premier League when he signed for Liverpool in 1997.

And the legendary Scotsman didn't hold back against Ince when United clashed with their fierce rivals.

"You just make sure you're ready for [Ince] tomorrow," he said in the documentary Alex Ferguson Story.

"That's all you need to worry about him. His f*****g big-time Charlie bit -- he's against f*****g men, am I right?"

However, Ferguson later regretted the incident and insisted that it "wasn't a personality issue with Paul."

Featured Image Credit: PA/talkSPORT

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, red devils, Paul Ince, Premier League

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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