Sir Alex Ferguson was recognized for his ‘hairdryer’ remedy of gamers from time-to-time and Rio Ferdinand has revealed that seeing it on full blast at Ruud van Nistelrooy rapidly made him realise the importance of the Manchester derby.
Ferdinand signed for Manchester United in July 2002 from Leeds United in a £30million deal – a then British-record. And simply 4 months later he received his first style of a Manchester derby as United travelled to native rivals Manchester Metropolis.
Nevertheless, his derby debut did not go to plan as Ferguson’s aspect had been swept apart 3-1 at Maine Highway – with Shaun Goater scoring twice within the victory.
Sir Alex Ferguson (left) as soon as ‘destroyed’ Ruud van Nistelrooy after dropping a Manchester derby
Ferguson was incensed that Van Nistelrooy walked in with a Metropolis shirt after United’s 3-1 defeat
United legend Rio Ferdinand remembers the incident made him realise the significance of the derby
However regardless of the ache of the defeat, it wasn’t till Ferdinand received into the supposed sanctuary of the altering rooms that he witnessed at first-hand what the derby ought to signify to United.
Reflecting on one incident, Ferdinand remembers Van Nistelrooy’s look with a Metropolis shirt in his hand that despatched Ferguson over the sting.
‘We received beat 3-1 at Maine Highway with Shaun Goater scoring two targets,’ he instructed his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel throughout an interview with Metropolis legend Vincent Kompany.
‘That was the primary derby I performed and the second I realised how huge it was was within the altering room after.
‘We walked in and the supervisor shut the door. It was quiet after which unexpectedly he simply erupted.
Ferdinand (left) was making his Manchester derby debut as Shaun Goater scored twice for Metropolis
‘Ruud van Nistelrooy, who was the God then, walked in with a Metropolis shirt in his hand and I keep in mind Sir Alex Ferguson simply completely unloaded on him. He destroyed him saying “if I ever see any of you strolling with a Metropolis shirt ever once more you may by no means play for this membership”.
‘That is how he was, he was simply mad. That is once I sat there and thought “this can be a huge recreation, is not it”.
‘I did not realise earlier than that recreation and ever since then, whether or not you win roughly, I knew that week main as much as a derby was all or nothing.’
Van Nistelrooy did atone for that fake pas within the return fixture in February by scoring at Previous Trafford however Goater’s 86th-minute header noticed Metropolis earn a 1-1 draw – a fixture that Ferdinand was additionally part of.
He was talking about Manchester derby recollections with Metropolis icon Vincent Kompany (far left)
Goater was United’s nemesis through the 2002-03 season, incomes Metropolis a degree at United too