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Paul Scholes opens up on dressing room spat with Sir Alex Ferguson

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has retold his worst hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex Ferguson.

The former United boss was famous for his half-time team talks which would spur his side into life, which often brought out some colourful language and interesting stories.

Vast number of players have spoken on their worst treatment by Ferguson and Scholes has recalled the day he was told, in the heat of the moment, that he would never play for Manchester United again after a 4-2 defeat to Newcastle.

“I had a few [received a rant from Ferguson], some lads will say I didn’t have any,” Scholes told The Robbie Fowler Podcast.

“I remember one at Newcastle, when Newcastle were a really good team. He left me out, we were 3-0 down and he brought me on with 20 minutes to maybe, 3-0 down.

“We got it back to 3-2, I’m not saying it was anything to do with me, made two chances, made two goals, but nothing to do with me. Anyway, got it back to 3-2, we were flying creating chances.

“I tried a back flick in the middle of the pitch on the halfway line, they broke away and I think Shearer scored, that made it 4-2. We got it back to 4-3 and then in the dressing room I’m walking in thinking ‘I made a difference in that game, I did okay’.

“I had a couple of chances where I should have scored but he went ballistic at me. You’ll never play for this club again and all that type of stuff because I made that mistake on the half-way line.

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Manchester United made heavy weather of their 3-1 win over Newcastle, eventually getting the job done at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes were on the scoresheet as United got back to winning ways in the league. They have a Europa League second leg vs Real Sociedad on Thursday.

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“I was never, ever one to answer back, people like Giggsy always answered back, even Becks would say something but, I don’t know why, I just kept saying ‘b***ocks’. I just kept saying that to him, no matter what he said.

“I don’t know what I was doing, I was frightened to the death of the man! I was on the way back on the coach thinking ‘I’m going to have to look for a new club here’.

“Monday morning, he came straight over to me. I’m thinking he’s going to fine me two weeks’ wages here. He said ‘I’m sorry, I realised you did make a difference in the game, what happened after the game was an overreaction’.

“That was the quality of the manager. If he thought he’d made a mistake he’d quickly rectify it.”

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