Jonathan Spector says that Sir Alex Ferguson never gave Cristiano Ronaldo his infamous hairdryer treatment while he was at the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed the sort of relationship with the Manchester United great only few players have ever enjoyed.
While the Scotchman was never shy about making his feelings known, it was the famous hairdryer treatment that kept players in line.
A lot of former and current players have spoken about the consequences of getting on the wrong side of Sir Alex. However, if there is one player who avoided all that it is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese arrived at Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
It was the same summer in which Jonathan Spector joined the Red Devils as well. While both men played together for 3 years, Spector eventually left Old Trafford.
However, the former USA international remembers the early days of Cristiano Ronaldo and how he was never reprimanded from the boss.
He said: “It’s funny, Ferguson never spoke to me that way either. I think Ferguson was incredibly clever with that because he knew how to speak to players, that they might not all react the same way to criticism.”
“Some players responded well to an arm around, some players responded well when you got into them and he knew how to speak to players, so he was very clever with that.”
Speaking to American Gambler as reported by The Mail, Spector says that it wasn’t any sort of preferential treatment. Sir Alex knew exactly how to deal with every player and realized that Cristiano Ronaldo needed a different way of managing.
‘But I never saw him scream at Ronaldo, but I don’t think it was preferential, he just knew the best way of getting the best out of his players.”
The American also revealed how the other players got frustrated by Cristiano Ronaldo because of his ability.
“He was a frustrating player. You could see that he had so much ability but that he wasn’t a finished product just yet. I think he owes a lot for the player he is today not just to the manager but the players that were around him.
“Ferguson did a great job of having players in the team that could help the players around them, make everyone around them better players. I think those formative years in his development to make him the finished product; he couldn’t have been at a better place that Manchester United.
“You could see his final ball wouldn’t quite be there, you could see at times Ruud Van Nistelrooy might get really frustrated because he didn’t know how many step-overs Ronaldo was going to do before putting the ball into the box for him but his ability on the ball, to beat players one-on-one, it was clear to see that he was going to be a very special player.”