Manchester United players were “too scared” to drive flash cars, says club legend Nicky Butt – because of Sir Alex Ferguson’s punishments.
The Scot transformed the Red Devils into one of the biggest football clubs in the world today over 27 years, winning 28 major titles which include 13 Premier League titles.
But he was also known for some brutal coaching methods, yelling at his players to give them the ‘Hairdryer Treatment’.
And Butt, who was part of the ‘Class of 92’ and made nearly 400 appearances for United, revealed Sir Alex had a particularly harsh punishment for any player driving a car he deemed too flashy.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their European Championships 5-a-side Bet, the 46-year-old said: “He knew how to keep our feet on the ground, and he knew how to stop us getting carried away.
“We all represented the club in the right way, both on and off the pitch.
“The only thing I can actually remember is that we were scared to bring new cars into the training ground.
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“Because we knew that if he thought you were being too flash, you were stuck in the reserves for a few weeks.
“We all had these unbelievable cars, but we never drove them!
Butt, though, did admit that it did the trick in getting the players to behave with the highest standards.
He added: “We knew when he walked into a room, he was the boss. But we managed ourselves a lot, too.
“People can say anything they want about the manager, but he instilled into us the mindset that if we wanted to be a part of the club for a long time, we had to put the work in.
“The minute he saw you getting carried away or getting ahead of yourself, you were out of the club.”
It is very different today, though, as Sir Alex’s former protege Cristiano Ronaldo now possesses a huge car collection which includes a rare £7m Bugatti.
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