Shinji Kagawa has revealed that he was shocked by Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous ‘hairdryer’ treatment at Manchester United.
Ferguson often lost his temper while he managed Man United, shouting directly in player’s faces when he was angry.
Kagawa played under the Scot during his final season in charge of the club and he admitted that he was astonished to see Ferguson give the treatment to senior players at United.
“Although I had heard about the [hairdryer] rumour before going to Manchester, I hadn’t seen any managers shouting that hard,” Kagawa said.
“It really was like a hairdryer, as it is called. He shouted really hard with his face really red, especially at the core players.
“It was my first season, so he maybe overlooked me a little bit and I didn’t get shouted at very much. The fact that he can shout at leading players such as [Wayne] Rooney, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, Rio [Ferdinand] shows his presence.
“Those players have to take it in and cannot say anything, so the players respect him that much. His aura and his driving force are really great and I thought that’s why he had the ability to manage those players.”
One of Ferguson’s greatest qualities as a boss was his man management and, while he did lose his temper, it was always used to create an atmosphere of respect towards the manager, as the Scot always knew that a player shouldn’t be bigger than him.
Ferguson also knew exactly when to put an arm round a player and he commanded great respect from all of his squads. Of course, he didn’t always see eye to eye with players – Roy Keane, David Beckham and Jaap Stam to name a few – and they were swiftly moved on before they could undermine his authority.