Sir Alex Ferguson had his favourites at Manchester United according to Ex-winger Chris Eagles.
“I went up there for a game and just fell in love with the club. I moved into digs at 14 and at first, I was obviously excited because it was like a holiday to me. I loved Manchester, I love northerners,” Eagles told Ladbrokes.
“My youth team was frightening, we didn’t lose. In the old days, we had myself, Phil Bardsley, Luke Steele, Kieran Richardson, Tom Heaton, Paul McShane, Gerard Pique, Giuseppe Rossi.
“Sir Alex Ferguson had a lot of involvement with me as a kid because he knew I’d moved away from home. I wasn’t too dissimilar to David Beckham in that respect because we’d both moved from London to Manchester as youngsters.”
“Sir Alex had his certain players like me, Darren Fletcher and Kieran Richardson who he had soft spots for,” Eagles continued.
“If I was ever in trouble, he’d tell me off, though. I drove a car somewhere when I was 15 and Sir Alex found out about it and called me in his office. I was petrified.
“It’s the worst experience ever because you don’t know what he’s going to do. I can remember standing outside of his office, sweating, going red.
“He used to have a folder where he used to keep his notes. It was a hard-back. Every time he walked past me he used to just slap me on the head with it – all in good humour obviously.
“He was just a great manager, a great guy, and that’s how he got his respect.”