Giggs explains why four Man Utd players never got Ferguson’s hairdryer treatment

Ryan Giggs says that there were four Manchester United "matchwinners" who were never given Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous hairdryer treatment.

The legendary Scot ruled the roost at Old Trafford for 27 years between 1986 and 2013, with Welsh winger Giggs serving as his most successful and most selected player during that time.

The pair won 13 Premier League titles alongside each other, but Giggs says he wasn't one of Ferguson's favourite four who would be immune from criticism.

“There were three or four players that he never had a go at," Giggs told beIN SPORTS's The Champions Club.

"[Eric] Cantona was one – Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo. They were all in their own ways matchwinners.

"They did the stuff on the pitch, so he never felt [like he had to]."

Giggs added that Ferguson's treatment of Cantona would often surprise his teammates.

"Eric, there were some games where Eric didn’t do anything," he said.

"He didn’t score, he wasn’t running about like a Tevez or a Wayne Rooney, he didn’t have any impact. But he knew sooner or later he would come good.

"We would be sat in the dressing room thinking 'he’s got to have a go at him, he’s got to have a pop at him because he didn’t do anything today.'

"But the next week he’d score the winner or he would produce a moment of magic, so he handled the big names really well as long as they were doing it on the pitch, he handled them in a different way.

“He was a master of psychology, he was a master at getting the best out of certain individuals like whether to put an arm around, or whether to give them a rocket at half time or at the end of the game or leave them out knowing that the player would react in a positive way."


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