Alex Ferguson gave Man Utd star "worst experience ever" after discipline issue

Few in football are more famous for their disciplinary methods than Sir Alex Ferguson.

Lauded as a father-figure by some former players, others had a rockier relationship with the Manchester United icon.

Whether it be a boot in the face or a dressing room scolding, not many survived the hairdryer treatment intact.

Having managed some of the biggest personalities in the game, Ferguson made headlines for stories from the autobiographies of Roy Keane and Jaap Stam.

Now the legendary manager has made the pages of another former player’s autobiography.

Former Burnley and Bolton winger Chris Eagles has lifted the lid on his days as a Manchester United youngster, where he was on the end of one of the Scot’s famous reprimands.

Eagles, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Burnley v West Ham, said: “I drove a car somewhere when I was 15 and Sir Alex found out about it and called me in his office.

“I was petrified. It's the worst experience ever because you don't know what he's going to do.

“I can remember standing outside of his office, sweating, going red.”

But it wasn’t just the scary side of Ferguson that Eagles experienced, the Hertfordshire-born winger saw a paternal side too.

He said: “Sir Alex Ferguson had a lot of involvement with me as a kid because he knew I'd moved away from home.

“I wasn't too dissimilar to David Beckham in that respect; we'd both moved from London to Manchester as youngsters.

“Sir Alex had his certain players like me, Darren Fletcher and Kieran Richardson who he had soft spots for.

“He was just a great manager, a great guy, and that's how he got his respect.”

Eagles and fellow academy player Frazier Campbell lived with a local family after moving north aged 14, and the boyhood Tottenham Hotspur fan is still in touch with them today.

“In digs I started off living with a family on my own – I still see them now actually, four times a week, they look after my kids!

“My digs were unbelievable; everyone loved it there so they all used to come round to mine all the time and they'd take me and my mates out everywhere.

“I was lucky enough to form a relationship with my digs family which has lasted forever, and I know Frazier still speaks to them as well.”

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