Andrei Kanchelskis was lucky to avoid the hairdryer treatment from Sir Alex Ferguson soon after arriving at Manchester United.
The Ukrainian-Born Russian joined the Red Devils from Shakhtar Donetsk back in March 1991.
He cost United £650,000 and headed to Manchester with very little grasp of the English language.
While he settled well on the pitch, eventually going on to make 161 appearances in a United shirt, his team-mates took advantage before he’d even had a chance to say hello.
Kanchelskis can laugh at his early interaction with Fergie now, but his heart would have skipped a beat when he realised what he said to the manager.
In an excerpt from his upcoming autobiography, the 51-year-old wrote: “Whenever a foreign footballer comes into a dressing room, he will be taught how to swear.
“I’ve seen exactly the same thing with Brazilian players when I have been managing in Russia.
“They also taught me the correct way to address the manager of Manchester United.
“Almost the first time I came across Alex Ferguson in the corridors of the Cliff, he said to me, 'All right Andrei, how's it going?
“I smiled at him and replied, 'F*** off, Scottish b*****d'.
“Ferguson stopped dead in his tracks and then began to smile as he heard laughter echoing down the corridor, while I stood there bewildered.”
Fortunately for winger Kanchelskis, Ferguson saw the funny side of it.
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Fans took to the talented attacker too, as he ultimately scored 36 times during a successful four-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford.
He left for Everton in 1995 much to the surprise of many, having won six major honours with United including two Premier League titles.
Kanchelskis is now 51, and back at the end of the summer, he tested positive for Covid-19 before recovering in Uzbekistan.
In early September, the former United star said: “I am gradually feeling better and already have an appetite, plus my voice and body is recovering.
“The main thing is that there is no temperature. I recently measured it at 36.9, but during the first days I stayed here it was 37, so I did not feel very comfortable.
“Now I am in a hotel in Tashkent; tomorrow I am going to do a full examination and I will pass all the tests.
“If everything goes well, I will go to Namangan, and if not, I will probably be hospitalised, but I think it will not come to that.”
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