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Ferguson’s major Man Utd changes including “stamping out the drinking culture”

Former Manchester United player Clayton Blackmore spent 12 years at the club, helping them win a Premier League title, FA Cup, European Super Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup.

In an appearance on United’s official podcast, Blackmore has opened up about his time at Old Trafford and what it was like when Sir Alex Ferguson replaced Ron Atkinson as manager back in 1986.

“Straight away, he tried to stamp the drinking culture out,” Blackmore said. “The manager was way ahead of himself. He started bringing us in on a Sunday to get rid of the lactic acid, which was never done before.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson took over as Manchester United manager in 1986, one of the first things he tried to do was “stamp the drinking culture out”

Blackmore also revealed that Ferguson even gave some players massages, adding: “With the amount of staff we had, he was massaging our legs, the gaffer was.

“The gaffer, [assistant coach] Archie [Knox] and Jim McGregor. I mean, he’s washed my legs once before. As soon as he touched them, it was in the newspapers the next day. We didn’t have staff, did we?

Clayton Blackmore spent twelve years at Manchester United

“We only had Jim McGregor, the physio, then we had Sir Alex and Archie. On a normal day, if he wasn’t doing it, the kitman would. Normally he had way too much stuff to do.”

Blackmore also spoke about his own relationship with Ferguson and admitted that the manager ‘didn’t speak to him for a month’ after he went on his honeymoon.

“It was a tricky one because I’d just got married and I had organised to go away,” he added. “He brought us back a week earlier than what Ron used to do, so I told the gaffer and he said it was fine.

“I came back and he didn’t speak to me for a month. First time he came up to me, he said: ‘You’re playing against Spurs tomorrow’, and that was that.”




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