Sir Alex left Mikael Silvestre feeling ‘as small as possible’ with hairdryer

Former Manchester United midfielder Mikael Silvestre has revealed that the worst hairdryer treatment he ever received from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Sir Alex was renowned for his infamous 'hairdryer treatment'.

And Silvestre, who had just signed for the Red Devils, found himself on the wrong end of one when United drew 3-3 with Southampton in September 1999.

The Frenchman had been dispossessed in the middle of the park by Southampton's Latvian sensation Marians Pahars, who feed Matt Le Tissier to bag his second, and Saints, third of the game.

The mistake left Silvestre directly in the firing line of the fuming Scot.

"The worst one [hairdryer] was my first one because I didn't know where it had come from! I didn't know anything about his temper at the time," Silvestre revealed to SPORTBible

"It was after my second home game against Southampton. I went inside and intercepted the ball, but then I lost it, and they scored.

"We drew the game and I got the hairdryer as soon as I got back into the dressing room.

"My English wasn't that good at the time, but I remember him saying to me that if I do this again, he will send me back to France and I will stay there!

"I didn't say anything back in this case because I made a mistake, so I swallowed it and made myself as small as possible, as my ego was taking a massive hit at the time.

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"In a normal business, you don't get this type of behaviour from your bosses otherwise you would go to HR and complain, but in football, this is what you get from the coaches.

"You react by either giving up or showing that you understand the message and don't do it again in order to improve.

"This is what I did because I wanted to keep my place in the starting 11.

"As a defender, it's mainly about learning from your mistakes, whereas if you're a striker, there is always going to be another opportunity to score.

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"But if you make an error as a defender then you will get punished straight away. I made sure I improved quickly after that."

Silvestre remained at United for almost a decade, and he finally left Old Trafford in 2008.

The Frenchman moved to Arsenal, where he spent two ears, before bouncing around clubs, eventually hanging up his boots in 2014.

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