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Rio Ferdinand gives brilliant insight into Man United players’ relationship with Fergie

Rio Ferdinand revealed which Man United player used to go round to Sir Alex Ferguson's house for Sunday roast

Everyone knew about Sir Alex Ferguson’s hairdryer treatment.

His meltdowns were legendary and pretty effective in turning Man United defeats into victories.

It wasn’t really something that could be hidden when you’ve got David Beckham coming out with black eyes after feeling the wrath of Fergie.

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Tough love

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Tough love

But what wasn’t as widely publicised was Fergie’s softer side.

Thankfully Rio Ferdinand appeared on The Claire Balding Show to give us an insight into what Fergie was like with his United players.

It didn’t disappoint.

The gaffer

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The gaffer

Ferdinand said: “Darren Fletcher was like his son. He used to go round for Sunday roasts.

“Garry Neville was like his teacher’s pet a little bit. Scholesy he never said anything about.

“If Scholesy got sent off he’d say well played.

Father and son

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Father and son

“Giggsy used to get a bit of grief every now and then because he was the experienced one and if he was shouting at Giggsy it meant he was an example to everyone else.

“You weren’t scared of the gaffer because he had a really good way about him.

“But when it comes to that switch of passion and desire to be successful within a changing room, where he turns to you and goes ‘right’ and goes for you, that’s where the fear does comes in to some people.

“Cristiano is maybe the one who I saw react the worst to it. He wasn’t very happy with it. He was broken.”

Not a fan of the hairdryer treatment

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Not a fan of the hairdryer treatment

What do you reckon Fergie’s roasts are like?

Is he a parsnip man? Bread sauce or gravy? Does he make his own Yorkshire Puddings?

You’d have to ask Fletcher.