Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has spoken out on legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s man-management skills by claiming several players got ‘special treatment’ in training.
Ferguson is reverred and referenced as one of the best managers in world football thanks to his ability to get the best out of his players during his time in the game.
The Scot managed some of the best players during his 26 years at Old Trafford which saw him win an incredible 38 trophies.
Former striker Berbatov has revealed the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Cristiano Ronaldo were given special treatment in training.
“The hierarchy in football, it’s always there with the players,” Berbatov told The Mirror.
“It doesn’t matter what anyone tells you. When you are a star in a football team and you deserve to be one, of course, from time to time you will have special treatment from the manager.
“I remember Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville when we used to train, they trained a bit differently so they could save themselves for the games, and there is nothing wrong with that. This is normal in football.
“When you are a great football player sometimes the manager is going to give you more special attention. As long as you help the team win the game, this is normal in football.
“Sir Alex was very good at making a point to speak to everyone individually, so you didn’t feel left out. Even if you didn’t play he would know how to speak with you.
“So it was the same with Cristiano Ronaldo, and in the end, we saw the results.”
Berbatov’s comments come weeks after Ralf Rangnick had to deny there were any problems of disharmony in the dressing room.
Reports began to emerge some players weren’t impressed with the German’s training methods, but several members of the squad have dismissed the claims.