Sir Alex Ferguson had fear factor at Man Utd but made some classy gestures

It doesn't matter if you're a Manchester United fan or not, hearing tales about Sir Alex Ferguson will never grow old.

Over the years more and more has been revealed about what life was like working under one of the greatest managers of all time.

And each player to have played under him for the Red Devils has their own unique story to tell from their time at the club.

The latest player to tell all is Jonathan Greening, who was signed by United in 1998 after going on trial from York City.

The midfielder may have only made 27 appearances for Fergie, but the manager produced a classy gesture for him on his debut match.

"Ferguson was brilliant with me," Greening said, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Man United v Man City.

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"I remember on my debut, he didn't tell me I was playing – he told me I'd be in the squad. About an hour and a half before kick-off the gaffer finally told me I was starting, and I was like 'brilliant'.

"I wanted to get in touch with my mum and dad but Fergie had already invited them, along with the rest of my family, without me knowing, so they knew I was making my debut before I did.

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"That was absolutely first class from him, and it brought the best out of me because I think I got man of the match in that game."

One of the most notorious features of Sir Alex's reign has become the 'hairdryer treatment', and although he didn't receive it, Greening admitted the boss was a stern character.

He said: "To be fair I never had that famous hairdryer treatment during my time with Manchester United.

"He's one of those guys who reminds you as a real strict headmaster.

"When you get to the training ground and you see him walking down the corridor looking all serious, you don't say hello to him until he says hello to you.

"He's just got that aura about him where you're always treading on eggshells. He's definitely got that fear factor."

After three years at Old Trafford, Greening made the decision to leave in search of regular football – though Fergie didn't make it easy for him.

"It was a massive decision for me to leave Manchester United behind, of course," the 42-year-old added.

"After a few conversations with him – some horrible conversations – I used to be scared knocking on his door at times.

"A lot of the time I'd knock on his door then walk away. In the end I think he understood, and they definitely made more from me than they paid."

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