Robin Van Persie has revealed how his former Manchester United coach, Sir Alex Ferguson, had sharply criticized two players who had gone to a nightclub following a defeat against Manchester City.
The Red Devils had suffered a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford against Manchester City in 2013, when the English giant managed to win the Premier League title in the final season of legendary coach Alex Ferguson’s career.
Two Manchester United players had gone to a nightclub after that defeat and this had caused the former Scottish coach to explode in the dressing room. Ferguson had posted pictures of the couple celebrating in the dressing room and had called them donkeys.
“He put their pictures in the cupboards and told us all: ‘Guys, if we don’t win the league, it’s because of these two donkeys who prefer to go out at night,'” Van Persie revealed.
“I remember who the two were, but I’m not saying names. The coach had destroyed them, It was great. He had posted pictures showing where they were at 2, 3 and 4 at night to emphasize what foolishness they had done. ”
“He hadn’t stopped there, but he had warned us that if he heard that this was being repeated by any of us, he would leave us before we won the title. He told us “I don’t care who you are or how many trophies you’ve won – if you go out the night before the end of the season, I’ll sell you.”
“After that speech, we ran the two toughest training sessions of my career. We finally won the title. A coach needs to know when to be tough and when to lower the pressure, like Ferguson. ”
Van Persie had scored 26 goals in 38 league games during the 2012/13 season, helping Ferguson end his career by becoming the Premier League champion.