Fergie’s hairdryer saw Danny Simpson subbed at half-time, leaving him “in tears.”
Danny Simpson only played three Premier League games for Manchester United, but that didn’t stop him from getting the infamous ‘hairdryer treatment’ from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Danny Simpson, a former Manchester United full-back, has revealed that a ‘hairdryer treatment’ by Sir Alex Ferguson left him in tears after being subbed at half-time.
Danny progressed through United’s youth system before being loaned out to Royal Antwerp and Sunderland in Belgium before making his United debut in the 2007-08 season.
The right back’s time with the Red Devils, however, did not start off as well as he had hoped.
The defender admitted that one of his first Premier League starts for United did not go according to plan after his competitive debut ended in a 2-0 League Cup loss to Championship side Coventry City.
Danny admitted, in an interview with the ‘On the Judy’ podcast, that he, like the majority of Manchester United players who played under Ferguson, was not immune to his infamous ‘hairdryer treatment’ rants.
“It was one of my first games, and it was about an hour and a half before kick-off,” he said.
“He said, ‘Danny, you’re playing,’ and I said,’s**t, I’m not ready for this,'” he explained.
The defender explained that he had been “up all night” messing around with other young players like Gerard Pique because he didn’t usually make the substitutes bench on matchdays.
Everton had a reputation for scoring goals from crosses at the time, with Steven Piennar swiping balls in from the left and Tim Cahill converting them.
Danny had a difficult job ahead of him as a right back.
“Sir Alex says one thing:’stop crosses,'” he recalled, “then 20 minutes in, they’ve crossed it, Cahill header, [and]we’re] 1-0 down.”
“And for the next 20 minutes, my mind was blank, and I was miserable.”
I can’t even look at the video of the performance.”
Ferguson was immediately in Danny’s face when he entered the dressing room at halftime, taking him off for the second half, Danny recalled.
“So I’m sitting in the dressing room for the entire second half, in tears… The lads came over when he finished his speech, and you know that little pat on the head? as if to say, ‘we’ve all been there,’ and that’s what got to me even more,” he continued.
United was fortunate in that they were able to do so.
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