Hargreaves reveals how Ferguson used an envelope to motivate his Man Utd stars

Owen Hargreaves has opened up on how Sir Alex Ferguson got the best out of his Manchester United players – and it sounds brutal.

The former England midfielder joined the Red Devils from Bayern Munich in 2007 and enjoyed a successful first campaign winning both the Premier League and Champions League before enduring an injury ravaged three seasons.

United have been less impressive this season, with rivals City having already wrapped up the league title in mid-April.

And with the Old Trafford players in need of a boost, Hargreaves recalled a time of when former boss Ferguson used to motivate his players – and it involved an envelope.


"I remember when I first signed for United, we were in Asia somewhere, pre-season," Hargreaves told BT Sport.

"He [Sir Alex] said we have all these players from all different countries, we should win the league and the Champions League. And he had an envelope and had some names in it.


"He said, ‘there are some names in here of people I think are going to let us down. Make sure your name is not in here. And everybody ran out of the room and basically tackled through the door not wanting to let the gaffer down.

"That’s what he did well, he made you want to not fail him because you didn’t want to disappoint him."

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