Paul Scholes revealed Ryan Giggs and David Beckham ‘loved’ answering back to Sir Alex Ferguson during their days at Manchester United.
Scholes, like Gary Neville, would normally take any verbal assault from his manager on the chin but Giggs and Beckham took a very different stance.
Former United and England midfielder Scholes recalled the first time he did answer back to Ferguson, in an away game against Newcastle where he’d come off the bench to help the team fight back before attempting a backheel on the halfway line, which led to a goal for Alan Shearer.
And while Scholes’ reaction to a grilling from his manager was out of character, he revealed that for some of his other esteemed team-mates, it was common place.
Scholes told Savage Social: ‘It was the first time I ever answered back.
‘It was never something I would ever do because I’d seen people answer back to him, I’d seen Incey answer back and Schmeichel – and it doesn’t end well. Trust me.
‘I just kept answering back to him. I was wrong really. That was never me. Whenever I was getting a ‘b*****king, I just took it and took it and took it.
‘But for this one occasion I thought it was merited, I thought I’d made a little bit of a difference to the team, got us back into the game really.
‘Some people loved arguing with him. Giggsy is one. He can’t keep his mouth shut, whether he’s right or wrong it doesn’t matter.
‘Beckham was the same. He’d always have a pop back but I’d never say a word.’
Asked what Gary Neville was like, he added: ‘He just took it most of the time. I was the same.
‘But this one time I didn’t agree with him. Alright I gave the ball away and the scored but they were 3-0 down at the time when I’d come on.
‘On Monday morning at training, I thought I’m not playing again. He’s going to kill me. But he put his arm around me and said, “Look I’m sorry about Saturday. I was wrong, you made a difference.”
‘That was the measure of the man. He knew when he was wrong.
‘And if I was wrong to be fair, I would have apologised to him as well. That’s just the way it was, it was done and dusted, it doesn’t carry on then for the rest of the week, wondering what he’s thinking. It’s done and it’s off your mind.’
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