FORMER Manchester United star Nani has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson would turn a blind eye to his players turning up to training drunk over the festive period.
The Portuguese winger says his former boss had such good managerial skills that he let it slide if his players turned up less well-dressed during the hectic Christmas and New Year schedule.
Nani revealed that Fergie was aware that the demands at the time were so demanding that it was important for his United team to disband.
In an interview with Tribuna Expresso, he said: “For example, if I had the next day off, I could have some fun… on special days like Christmas or New Year – nobody cares about that in England.
“We could even go to training drunk on New Year’s Day and the coach didn’t care.
“That’s the side [Sir Alex] who knew how to deal with the players and felt like he was saying “this day is special, I can’t make demands”.
“We played non-stop all year. It was a joy, a moment of relaxation, a different kind of training – clowning around. I won’t lie, I liked the evenings.”
Nani spent eight years as a United player, winning four Premier League titles and the Champions League during his time there.
And he credits Ferguson with playing a key role in helping him settle and flourish as both a player and a person.
And he added: “It was amazing. He knows how to deal with a player, whether he’s older or younger.
“He knows how to manage their professional career and human being.
“With him, I can say that I gained a unique experience and maturity, because these were very important phases of my life.
“I needed to grow up really quickly, learn and deal with the culture and the club culture.
“It was great for me to have Sir Alex Ferguson. Carlos Queiroz, who was also exemplary in that regard, spoke my language and that was essential for me.”