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In nearly three decades as Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson encountered many players and built many championship-winning sides.
United won 13 Premier League titles under the legendary manager, who left in 2013.
However, despite his enormous success, a few relationships didn't work out, which usually meant the player was shipped out of Old Trafford without hesitation.
Many players experienced Fergie's famous 'hairdryer' treatment in the dressing room or on the training pitch after a poor performance or an on-pitch error.
So here are eight players who departed the club as a result of some feistiness between the famous Scottish manager and themselves.
Arguably Fergie’s most famous feud was with David Beckham, who starred for Manchester United in the late 1990s and early 2000s, even having a huge role in their treble win of 1999.
With Beckham rising in popularity after his marriage to Victoria Beckham, Ferguson felt the player was becoming too big for his boots.
A furious row between the two occurred when Ferguson kicked a boot at Beckham’s face after a defeat to Arsenal in 2003 which left the English star with stitches, and the end was near.
In the summer, Beckham would leave the club for Spain and Real Madrid, before stints in Italy, the USA and France.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Ruud van Nistelrooy was one of the most prolific forward in Ferguson’s tenure, but his last few months at the club were bizarre and raised several questions.
The Dutchman was dropped to the bench for the 2006 League Cup final and stayed there until the end of the season, storming out of the stadium when it happened in the final game of the season.
Some cited his feud with a young Cristiano Ronaldo, but Fergie said it came as a result of Van Nistelrooy’s poor work rate in bigger matches.
He left for Real Madrid in 2006.
Ferguson and Paul Ince’s relationship was always rumoured to be a bit frosty, so it wasn’t really a surprise to see him leave for Inter in 1995.
The manager once called Ince a "big-time Charlie" for taking his "Guvnor" nickname too far – a nickname the Scot didn’t really like.
Ince was important to United, and even captained the club to a league title, but after his lack of defensive contribution in an FA Cup final defeat against Everton, he was let go.
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Andrei Kancelskis often dazzled crowds during his time at Old Trafford, and his performances in many big games often caught the eye.
However, there are two variations to the story of his departure in 1995: he says it’s his lack of playing time towards the end of his tenure.
In Ferguson’s book, however, there’s a story about how bizarre cash bundles used to arrive at the club’s offices during contract negotiations.
It forced Fergie to sell, and Kanchelskis was off to Everton.
The sale of Jaap Stam to Lazio in 2001 was a bit of a surprise considering he was one of the world’s best defenders at the time.
However, it may not have happened had it not been for Stam’s book, in which he made some controversial comments about his team-mates.
Most strikingly, there was a story of how Stam said he was tapped up from PSV Eindhoven when signing for Manchester United.
Roy Keane was never one to keep his feelings to himself, and on one occasion in 2005, he criticized the club’s pre-season training facilities.
Not long after, he also criticized his team-mates during a 4-1 loss to Middlesbrough on the club’s in-house TV channel, MUTV.
That left Ferguson with no choice but to let him go and a transfer of the captain was arranged, with Keane on his way to join Celtic in Scotland.
Later, it was revealed that a poor relationship with assistant Carlos Queiroz also led to the decision.
Carlos Tevez quickly became a fan-favourite for his ability and work-rate at Manchester United, but his stay lasted just two years, joining Manchester City in 2009.
The move left a sour taste, and Tevez later revealed that a bad relationship with his former manager led to the departure.
Tevez would go on to win the league title once with Manchester City, and he was arguably their biggest transfer at the time considering the context.
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Gabriel Heinze was doing well at Manchester United but after Patrice Evra’s arrival in 2006, he was questioning his first-team status.
He wanted to leave, and there was a willingness to let him leave as long as it wasn’t to his preferred destination…Liverpool.
Ferguson stood his ground and did let him join a rival.
The good relationship between the two was tarnished, and Heinz ended up moving to Real Madrid.
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