Scholes always avoided Sir Alex’s hairdryer – he was the ‘heart of Man Utd’

Former Manchester United star Patrice Evra has opened up over his time at Old Trafford where he became a club icon but even he did not escape the famed 'hairdryer treatment' from Sir Alex Ferguson.

However, there was one player who seemed to escape the Scotsman's wrath every time – Paul Scholes.

Speaking to BetFair, Evra said: "The only player Ferguson never gave the hairdryer to was Paul Scholes. If we were struggling the boss would say 'give the ball to Scholsey, he's the one who controls the game, he's the one who controls the tempo.' Scholes was the heart of United."

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Scholes never played for another club during his entire career, making a total of 718 appearances for United and scoring 155 times. He even retired in 2011, only to come back a year later with the Red Devils in dire need of his services.

Evra added that the decision had been made a secret prior to an FA Cup clash against Manchester City, where Scholes made his second debut and United won 3-2.

The Frenchman added: "They hid it until the last minute. I remember I was one of the first to get in the dressing room, I looked around and saw Paul Scholes's shirt.

"Everyone was buzzing, this was more important than playing the game. Ferguson had to calm us down, "everybody focus" he told us. We were screaming. We were so happy, we didn't even have to play the game.

"That's why I say Ferguson is the best manager in history because he knew the reaction and the impact that would have to help us believe in ourselves and the confidence we would get from him playing again."


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