Manchester United

David Beckham reveals mohawk incident with Sir Alex Ferguson

By Amreen
Sir Alex Ferguson once made David Beckham shave his head before a match
Sir Alex Ferguson once made David Beckham shave his head before a match / Gary M. Prior/GettyImages

David Beckham has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson once made him shave off his mohawk just minutes before Manchester United's Charity Shield clash at Wembley in 2000.

Ferguson was never a huge fan of Beckham's hairstyles, some of which included a buzzcut, bleached blonde, and cornrows, during his time at Old Trafford.

The Mirror have reported that Becks even tried to hide the hairstyle under a beanie before the match against Chelsea, but after having revealed his new barnet prior to the game, Ferguson forced the England international to shave his head.

Recalling the incident in the new book Fergie: Under The Hairdryer, Beckham said: “I have said many times before that the boss wasn’t just the greatest and best manager I ever played under - he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at Manchester United at the age of 11 until the day I left.

“The fear of the hairdryer was one of the reasons we all played well. He was also a manager you wanted to do well for, although there were times when I thought he went a bit too far, which caused a few issues.

“Before the 2000 Charity Shield at Wembley against Chelsea I decided to have a change of hairstyle. I went for a mohawk, which I knew wouldn’t be to his taste. In the end, I was too scared to let him see it, so the day before the game I went into training with a beanie hat on, trained in the beanie, walked back into the hotel with the beanie on, kept it on during dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.

“And I still had it on when we made the coach journey to Wembley. Of course the moment was arriving in the dressing room when I would have to reveal my new hairstyle, which I knew would send him into a frenzy. Sure enough, within seconds of the unveiling, he yelled at me, 'Go and shave it off!'

"I thought he was joking. 'No, I’m being serious, now go and shave the ruddy thing off!' So off I went to try to find a pair of clippers from somewhere and, just before we’re ready to go out for the warm-up, I was in the Wembley tunnel shaving my mohawk off.”