Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has revealed that Si Alex Ferguson once shamed two Manchester United stars after they went partying following a defeat in the derby.
Van Persie who was in his first season at the club revealed that Manchester United lost at home to Manchester City in April 2013 though they retained their position at the top of the table.
After the loss, two players chose to head out for a night out in town which did not go well with the legendary manager.
“During my first season with United we were 15 points clear at the top. We hosted Manchester City hoping to wrap up the title.We lost, but were still 12 points clear. Most managers wouldn’t have made a drama out of the situation.
But the boss got really fired up. Things got extremely heated, as two of the squad had gone out after the defeat.
The day after the game Sir Alex had photos put up on the dressing room wall of the two players taken during their night out. He told the entire squad: ‘Boys, if we don’t win the league it’s because of these two a***holes who opted to go out’.
He was merciless, saying: ‘I don’t care who you are or how many trophies you’ve won – if you go out before the end of the season I’ll sell you’.
“After that speech I had the two hardest training sessions I’ve ever had in my life. We went on to win the title. A manager has to know when to be tough, and when to take the pressure off.”
Sir Alex retired after that season while Robin stayed on for two more seasons at the club.