Sir Alex Ferguson’s relentless nature saw him become a serial winner at Manchester United, winning 38 trophies during his incredible 26-year reign at Old Trafford.
The legendary Scot didn’t take any prisoners, with many players on the receiving end of his ‘hairdryer treatment’ over the years.
United favourite Dwight Yorke has revealed he faced the full wrath of that treatment from Ferguson at the turn of the millennium – despite his impressive goalscoring record up to that point.
In fact, Yorke won the golden boot in his first season at the club (1998/1999) following his move from Aston Villa, scoring 29 goals to help the Red Devils win a historic treble with the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
But after scoring six goals fewer the next year, Ferguson let rip at Yorke and branded him ‘a failure’.
“In the first season I scored 29 goals, in the second year I scored 23, and the gaffer said to me ‘you’re a failure’,” Yorke told MUTV Group Chat.
“I was top scorer again and we won the Premier League, but he said I was a failure. But you look back and I get where he was coming from. This is where you need to push yourself even further by getting more than 29.
“You look at Messi and Ronaldo and that’s the kind of levels he’s trying to push you to, but I didn’t see it then. Finishing as the top scorer with 23 goals was very rewarding for me, but the gaffer wasn’t too pleased.
“Then in my third year I had 14 goals from 22 starts, which is not a bad return. But that wasn’t good enough at United. “That was the level the manager was demanding of you and I get it now.”