Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson forced David Beckham to shave off famous mohawk minutes before Wembley clash with Chelsea

DAVID BECKHAM was once subjected to something even more serious than the infamous Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer treatment.

The Manchester United legend has revealed how Fergie made him SHAVE his head after reacting with fury to his iconic mohawk hairstyle.


Becks got the trim ahead of the 2000-01 season opener against Chelsea at Wembley.

He was so scared of what his boss would think he hid it under a beanie hat before kick-off – but the disguise wasn’t enough to save the style.

Becks explained in new book Fergie: Under The Hairdryer: “Before the 2000 Charity Shield at Wembley against Chelsea I decided to have a change of hairstyle. I went for a mohawk, which I knew wouldn’t be to his taste.

“In the end, I was too scared to let him see it, so the day before the game I went into training with a beanie hat on, trained in the beanie, walked back into the hotel with the beanie on, kept it on during dinner and the next morning’s breakfast.

“And I still had it on when we made the coach journey to Wembley.

“Of course the moment was arriving in the dressing room when I would have to reveal my new hairstyle, which I knew would send him into a frenzy.

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“Sure enough, within seconds of the unveiling, he yelled at me, 'Go and shave it off!' I thought he was joking. 'No, I’m being serious, now go and shave the ruddy thing off!'

“So off I went to try to find a pair of clippers from somewhere and, just before we’re ready to go out for the warm-up, I was in the Wembley tunnel shaving my mohawk off.”

The former England skipper hailed Ferguson as both the world’s ‘greatest manager’ and a ‘father figure’ – but the pair famously did not always get along.

‘Goldenballs’ was spotted in 2003 with a cut above his eye after the gaffer hoofed a boot in his direction following an FA Cup defeat by Arsenal.

But speaking in the same book, Becks was eager to set the record straight.

He added: “That was blown up out of all proportion.

“I’d made a couple of mistakes during the game and he came into the dressing room and a few harsh words were exchanged.

“He started to walk over to me and he kicked out at a pile of clothes on the floor.

"Out came this boot and then I quickly realised how accurate his kick had been as it struck me on the head, but there weren’t any hard feelings.”

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