‘I asked Fergie if I could buy a house – he made me take cookery lessons first’

Sir Alex Ferguson may have let his young stars run wild in the Premier League – but the legendary boss was not so quick to let them venture into the wider world.

The former Manchester United boss famously ran a tight ship at Old Trafford with few daring to get on the wrong side of Fergie. They all knew what was to come if they did.

Though the infamous hairdryer didn't stop many such as Cristiano Ronaldo likening Ferguson to a father figure. And that loving touch seemingly extended off the pitch too.

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Daniel Nardiello rose through the academy at Carrington and soon wanted to buy a house, though needed permission from the boss. And Nardiello wasn't allowed a property until he could cook for himself.

"I had my first three years at United, I'd done quite well in the youth teams and reserve level and Sir Alex offered me a three-year contract, which I was obviously going to take," Nardiello told Daily Star Sport.

"But with the new contract, and my time at the digs coming to an end, I wanted to buy my own property, my own house to live in.

"But youth players need to have permission, so I had to knock on the door to ask if I can buy my own property.

"He was like 'No, I'm not letting you buy your own property unless you've had three months of cooking lessons with the chef at Carrington'.

"So for three months, a couple of times a week, I was out cooking all the food for the first team players. I was in a bit earlier than I would normally be to help the chef.

"Once the three months were up, I knocked on the gaffer's door again and he allowed me to pursue buying a home and moving in to my own house. But it goes to show the level of detail he went into.

"He wanted to make sure the club was run properly from top to bottom, wanted to look after his players, making sure they had the best start.

"I'm not a good cook now though, my wife doesn't want my cooking, it's once in a blue moon I cook, but it did give me a good grounding."


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