It’s been 4 years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired ‘The Hairdryer’ – his infamous manner in which he would get up-close and personal while telling off his players in no uncertain terms. The term entered the lexicon of English football long before it was put to rest, but we were near something of a revival post Manchester United’s FA Cup Quarterfinal loss.
Holders United lost by a single goal to Chelsea in a hard-fought game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The away side were handicapped by Ander Herrera’s dismissal after he picked up two yellow cards in quick succession.
Referee Michael Oliver was criticized by some quarters, with at least one of the cards Herrera received being viewed as harsh. Sir Alex, whose own opinions on contested refereeing decisions have been well documented during his long tenure as Old Trafford manager, weighed in with his own opinion which has predictably gone viral. The Scotsman expressed his frustration with the decisions made, but stopped short of full disclosure.
Perhaps he’s mellowed with retirement, but best not to test the fury of the fiery Scotsman.
Check out Sir Alex Ferguson’s remarks on the refereeing below:
‘I wish I could swear about the referee but I won’t!’
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) March 14, 2017