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Ferguson 'kept United order with sword'

November 25, 2013
By ESPN staff,

Former Manchester United striker Fraizer Campbell has told the Daily Star that Sir Alex Ferguson used a sword in order to keep his young players in line.

Fraizer Campbell goal Cardiff vs Man Utd
GettyImagesFraizer Campbell scores for Cardiff in their Premier League game against Manchester United.

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Campbell, 26, scored for Cardiff in their 2-2 Premier League draw with United on Sunday, but spent 12 years at Old Trafford before being sold to Sunderland for 5 million pounds in 2009.

Speaking prior to the game against his ex-club, he said: "When Sir Alex was there, all the young lads would be brought in on the first day and he would tell the players how the club is run and what he expects of professionals.

"Right at the end of the meeting he picked me out and said, 'Fraiz, can you go over to the cupboard and get that box out?'

"I got the box out and gave it to him and he pulled out a massive sword. He said, 'If any of you misbehave then I’ll have to get the sword out!'"

Campbell also revealed that as a childhood United supporter he was often overawed by the company he kept during his years at the club, something which may have affected his progress.

He said: "I’m a United fan so it was awesome to be there but it may have been better if I wasn’t -- I would be watching too much in training instead of playing.

"It was class training with the likes of Wayne Rooney. United have great footballers and some of the best players in England, so training with them was what you dreamed of when you were younger."

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