Ben Foster has revealed how he got the hairdryer treatment early in his career from Sir Alex Ferguson while playing out on loan at Watford.
The English goalkeeper joined Manchester United in 2005 from Stoke City but was sent out on loan for two seasons to Watford, who were then managed by Aidy Boothroyd and chasing promotion to the Premier League.
Speaking on his podcast, Fozcast, Foster revealed how he once arrived late to a Watford game and manager Boothroyd explained the situation in a letter to Ferguson, which got Foster in some hot water.
Foster confused kick-off times for a game against Leeds, believing it started at 7pm when it actually began at 5pm, and he arrived at the stadium late, prompting anger from players and coaches.
He got fined for it, but it wasn’t the biggest problem.
“He fined me £1,000, I got off super late,” Foster said.
“The worst part of it wasn’t the fine, it was the fact that Aidy Boothroyd said ‘you are so sloppy and need to learn from this; I’m going to write a letter to Alex Ferguson and tell him how sloppy you are.’
“It was horrible – he wrote me the letter and showed me it and he basically graded all of my games at that point and told him what I did wrong.
“The next international break a month or so later, I was back up at Carrington training with Manchester United.
“The first day I got back, Alex Ferguson called me straight into his office…Wow!
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“I got roasted, telling me I can’t do that as a Manchester United player.”
Foster was at Manchester United from 2005 until 2010, out of which the first two years were out on loan.
Overall, he made 23 appearances for the Red Devils, winning the League Cup on two separate occasions.
He left the club for Birmingham City, before spells at West Bromwich Albion and Watford, where he is set to play in the Premier League for them once again having won promotion last season.
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