Man Utd needed the hairdryer treatment from Ferguson, admits Rooney

Wayne Rooney has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson used his infamous hairdryer to focus Manchester United minds at half-time of their Capital One Cup match against Newcastle United, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Rooney added that Tom Cleverley was the main recipient of the blast – with the hairdryer the name given to a particularly ferocious Ferguson outburst. Cleverley was the target after a first-half miss that left the game in the balance at the break.

The tongue-lashing seemed to do the trick as shortly after the re-start Cleverley netted to score his first ever goal for the club and make the score 2-0 after Anderson’s first-half opener. The importance of the second goal was seen when Papiss Cisse pulled one back for Newcastle around the hour mark.

Rooney said: “The manager wasn’t too pleased about Tom’s miss is in the first-half, but he went out and scored a nice goal after that.

The game was Rooney’s first appearance in around a month after suffering a large cut to his leg against Fulham at Old Trafford, in an accidental collision with Cottagers forward Hugo Rodallega.

Rooney added: “It’s just over four weeks since I last played. I was delighted to get a run out and hopefully there will be a lot more games to come. I feel good. It’s great to get minutes under my belt and hopefully that will benefit me.

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