Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly forced David Beckham to shave his mohawk minutes before a match.


The legendary Manchester United manager was far from a fan of Becks’ ever-changing hairstyles, so much so that he once hid a mohawk under a hat to avoid a telling off

David Beckham has recalled the time that Sir Alex Ferguson made him shave off his mohawk just minutes before the Charity Shield at Wembley in 2000.

The legendary Manchester United gaffer was never keen on Beckham’s hairstyles, which also included a buzzcut, bleached blonde and cornrows during his time at Old Trafford.

Becks’ fear of Ferguson’s famous hairdryer treatment meant that he even tried to hide one hairstyle under a beanie before the match against Chelsea 21 years ago, report the Mirror.

However, having revealed his new barnet in the changing room prior to the match, Ferguson forced the England winger to shave his head.

Recalling the incident in the new book Fergie: Under The Hairdryer, Beckham said: “I have said many times before that the boss wasn’t just the greatest and best manager I ever played under – he was also a father figure to me from the moment I arrived at Manchester United at the age of 11 until the day I left.

“The fear of the hairdryer was one of the reasons we all played well. He was also a manager you wanted to do well for, although there were times when I thought he went a bit too far, which caused a few issues.

“Before the 2000 Charity Shield at Wembley against Chelsea I decided to have a change of hairstyle. I went for a mohawk, which I knew wouldn’t be to his taste.

“In the end, I was too scared to let him see it, so the day before the game I went into training with a beanie hat on, trained in the beanie, walked back into the hotel with the beanie on, kept it on during dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.

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“And I still had it on when we made the coach journey to Wembley.

“Of course the moment was arriving in the dressing room when I would have to reveal my new hairstyle, which I knew would send him into a frenzy.

“Sure enough, within seconds of the unveiling, he yelled at me, ‘Go and shave it off!’ I thought he was joking. ‘No, I’m being serious, now go and shave the ruddy thing off!’

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