MANCHESTER — Sir Alex Ferguson ripped into his Manchester United stars in an expletive-laden dressing-room tirade minutes after their 6-1 derby defeat.
The furious United chief switched his famous “hairdryer” back on as he accused his senior players of failing to use their experience to stop the slide against Premier League leaders Manchester City.
And he will complete his reminder that he has lost none of his authority by making his captain Nemanja Vidic lead the team out in the humble surroundings of Aldershot just two days after the Serb was axed from the club’s biggest game of the season. Vidic’s omission from the squad was a major surprise and he was made to watch from the stands.
But Ferguson was furious that stand-in skipper Patrice Evra and former England captain Rio Ferdinand didn’t do enough to organise the side after they went down to 10 men with the score 1-0 to City.
Sportsmail understands the United manager called his stars “idiots” in a rant that was followed by an instruction that senior players should report for training to pick over what went wrong. Several may play with Vidic, with Ferguson demanding immediate improvement.
It is believed Ferguson was angry at Vidic’s decision to play for Serbia in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia this month, even though he had been out of action for United with a calf injury for almost two months.