Robin van Persie has lifted the lid on Sir Alex Ferguson’s fury at a Manchester United pair for going on a night out after a derby defeat.
Van Persie joined United in 2012 from Arsenal, before winning the Premier League title in his first season at the club.
That campaign turned out to be Ferguson’s last before he announced his retirement in 2013.
But Van Persie has opened up over an episode that showed Ferguson had not lost his fire or control over the dressing room before he stepped down.
Van Persie told SoFoot : “During my first season with United we were 15 points clear at the top. We hosted Manchester City hoping to wrap up the title.
“We lost, but were still 12 points clear. Most managers wouldn’t have made a drama out of the situation.
“But the boss got really fired up. Things got extremely heated, as two of the squad had gone out after the defeat.
“The day after the game Sir Alex had photos put up on the dressing room wall of the two players taken during their night out.
“He told the entire squad: ‘Boys, if we don’t win the league it’s because of these two a**eholes who opted to go out’.
“I know the names, but can’t reveal them. The manager slaughtered them. It was amazing. He’d put up photos documenting where they were, at 2am, 3am, 4am etc, to underline just how stupid they had been.
“He didn’t stop there, but warned us that if he heard of any of us going out before we’d won the league we’d be out of the team.
“He was merciless, saying: ‘I don’t care who you are or how many trophies you’ve won – if you go out before the end of the season I’ll sell you’.
“After that speech I had the two hardest training sessions I’ve ever had in my life. We went on to win the title. A manager has to know when to be tough, and when to take the pressure off.”
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