Ryan Giggs Reveals the 4 Man Utd Players Who Never Got Fergie's Hairdryer Treatment

Duncan Mitchell

Ryan Giggs has lifted the lid on his playing career under Sir Alex Ferguson and named only four players to escape the Scotsman's infamous 'hairdryer treatment'.

The former Man Utd winger, who now coaches the Welsh national side, played under Sir Alex for the entirety of his 24-year playing career. Ferguson stepped down as manager of the Red Devils in 2013 and Giggs says there was a very select few who avoided Fergie's well-documented dressing room barrages.

Ferguson and Giggs during an FA Cup Tie
Ferguson and Giggs during an FA Cup Tie / Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Speaking to beIn Sports' 'The Champions Club', Giggs stated that it was four key match-winning players that escaped the dressing down treatment, whereas he wasn't so fortunate himself.

"There were three or four players that he never had a go at," said Giggs.

"[Eric] Cantona was one, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Cristiano Ronaldo. They were all in their own ways match-winners. They did the stuff on the pitch, so he never felt [like he had to]."

Ferguson with a young Cristiano Ronaldo
Ferguson with a young Cristiano Ronaldo / NICOLAS ASFOURI/Getty Images

Giggs continued by saying that some of his teammates were shocked how Cantona in particular didn't come in for criticism from Ferguson when he didn't play well.

"Eric, there were some games where Eric didn't do anything. He didn't score, he wasn't running about like 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'."

Eric Cantona
Eric Cantona / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

"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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However, Giggs says that he wasn't afraid of standing up to his boss if he believed it was for the good of the team.

"I fell out with him plenty of times," he admitted. "I mean the amount of times I would say over my career, six or seven times where it was a couple of weeks wages I was fined for talking back, for having an argument."

"At the time it's not very nice, you're in the dressing room, you've just got beat or you've had a bad performance. And I just couldn't help myself have a go back. He actually, later in his career, told me he liked that, it meant that you cared.

"He'd still fine you two weeks because he wanted to show that he was in charge, but he actually quite liked it, as long as it didn't cross the line of course."