Sir Alex Ferguson has always been known for being a player’s coach. However, he was quite strict and demanded only the best from all of the guys he had on the team.
Nonetheless, according to former Red Devil Nani, the veteran boss didn’t mind if his players had a couple of drinks every now and then, especially during the holidays:
“I never got in trouble. Nights out at the right time, if I had the next day off, for example, then I could have some fun. Or on special days like Christmas or New Year – no one in England cares about that. On New Year, we could even go to training drunk and the coach didn’t care about it. That’s the side of [Sir Alex] that knew how to deal with the players and have the perception to say ‘this day is special, I can’t make demands. We had been playing non-stop all year long. If one day Wes Brown gets drunk, what are we going to do? It was a joy, a moment of relaxation, a different kind of training – clowning around,” Nani said during an interview with Tribuna Expresso.
It’s hard to question Ferguson’s methods considering there’s a reason why he’s one of the most successful coaches in the history of the game. Nani, on the other hand, won’t be remembered as kindly.
The Portuguese winger was supposed to become one of the most prolific scorers in the world once he arrived at Old Trafford. However, his careless lifestyle eventually took a toll on his ability to perform, as he acknowledges now:
“I won’t lie, I liked nights out. But now I avoid them because to be able to play at the highest level you have to drop the nights out and know the right time to enjoy yourself. That is basically what I do,” Nani concluded.