Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has revealed that he is still scared of his old manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
The pair had a very public falling out during the 2002/2003 season which resulted in Beckham’s move to Real Madrid, forcing him to leave the club he had supported his whole life. Ferguson and Beckham did not see eye-to-eye on many issues, including the players personal life before the former England captain transferred to Madrid.
The two seem to have somewhat repaired their relationship in recent years, despite some scathing words from Ferguson about his former player in his most recent autobiography. Both are two of the most famous faces in Man United’s history but Beckham admitted he is still apprehensive when meeting his former boss.
Talking about his forthcoming BBC documentary, For The Love Of The Game, Beckham said: “It is always nerve-racking. In the documentary you can see I am really very nervous.
“He has a hold over players. We were petrified of him. A little bit of fear and a little bit of respect but mostly fear.”
Ferguson was one of the most ruthless managers of all time and his infamous ‘hairdryer treatment’ definitely had an effect on players. However, it very obviously worked as the Scot went on to become the most successful British manager of all time.
There has been plenty of talk recently about the constricting nature of Louis van Gaal‘s management style, making it even more admirable that Ferguson could find a happy medium when he was boss. There is no doubting what he achieved at Old Trafford and the fact that some players are still scared of him shows that his legacy remains, both at the club and with individuals.