Evra reveals the only Man Utd player who avoided Fergie's famed 'hairdryer' treatment

Evra has marked Scholes out as having been Fergie's favourite
Evra has marked Scholes out as having been Fergie's favourite

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has lifted the lid on Sir Alex Ferguson's favourite son at Old Trafford.

Evra's Instagram page is a trove of entertainment, as well as the odd tidbit of information.

Posting a birthday tribute to former teammate Paul Scholes yesterday, the France international revealed that the 'Ginger Ninja' was the only United man he played with to avoid Ferguson's infamous 'hairdryer' treatment:


Happy birthday legend!!! Simply the best midfielder on planet 🌎!!! The only players never get the hairdryer from the boss😤😤soo lucky 😅😅😅 I love this game hahahaahahah @manchesterunited

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In fairness, with Scholes banging in trademark volleys like that, Fergie would have been hard pressed to find an issue with the United midfield legend.

Ferguson recently rejected suggestions that he 'ruled by fear' during his iconic reign as United manager.

The Scotsman has also insisted that he only occasionally lost his temper with his players and claimed that his reputation for screaming at anyone who crossed him in his dressing room - a practice that became know as his hairdryer - was over-exaggerated by the media.

In comments appearing in The Sun, the iconic United manager has opened the door on some of the secrets behind his reign at Old Trafford, as he insisted his players were never afraid of him.

"There was a lot of myth about it," said Ferguson of his 'hairdryer' treatment that former Red Devils star players David Beckham and Ryan Giggs have confirmed they were on the end of at United. 

"It happened about half a dozen times in 27 years and the players will tell you that. The problem for me was if a player answered me back, I headed towards them. That was my problem.

"On a Saturday after the game, I told them exactly how I felt, because we had trained at a level all week that I expected to win every game. I told them exactly the truth and the truth works.

"All the players understood that and it was never held against me. Then the next day it is pushed aside and I'm prepared to win again

"I never ruled by fear. Name a Manchester United team that played with fear.

"My job was to get a positive attitude into that team, for them to express themselves, never give in and enjoy playing for the club. That is sacrosanct."