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Mikael Silvestre lifts lid on worst hairdryer treatment under Sir Alex Ferguson

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Mikael Silvestre revealed what it was like to be on the receiving end of Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment
Mikael Silvestre revealed what it was like to be on the receiving end of Sir Alex Ferguson's hairdryer treatment / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
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Mikael Silvestre has revealed the worst hairdryer treatment he received while playing under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

The iconic Red Devils boss was known for his infamous 'hairdryer' rants, and Silvestre, who spent nine years at the club, has shed light on what Fergie's fury really felt like.

Speaking to SPORTbible, Silvestre said: "The worst one [hairdryer] was my first one because I didn't know where it had come from! I didn't know anything about his temper at the time.

"It was after my second home game against Southampton. I went inside and intercepted the ball, but then I lost it, and they scored. We drew the game and I got the hairdryer as soon as I got back into the dressing room.

"My English wasn't that good at the time, but I remember him saying to me that if I do this again, he will send me back to France and I will stay there!

"I didn't say anything back in this case because I made a mistake, so I swallowed it and made myself as small as possible, as my ego was taking a massive hit at the time. In a normal business, you don't get this type of behaviour from your bosses otherwise you would go to HR and complain, but in football, this is what you get from the coaches.

"You react by either giving up or showing that you understand the message and don't do it again in order to improve. This is what I did because I wanted to keep my place in the starting 11.

"As a defender, it's mainly about learning from your mistakes, whereas if you're a striker, there is always going to be another opportunity to score. But if you make an error as a defender then you will get punished straight away. I made sure I improved quickly after that."

Silvestre made 249 Premier League appearances for United and he left the club to join Arsenal in 2008 after winning four league titles, one Champions League, one FA Cup, and one League Cup.

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