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David Beckham Reveals The One Hairstyle That Pissed Off Alex Ferguson

David Beckham Reveals The One Hairstyle That Pissed Off Alex Ferguson
By Gary Connaughton
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David Beckham certainly made a few questionable fashion choices over the course of his playing career. Always one to push the boundaries when it came to his clothes, often with some very questionable results.

Of course, his hair also fell into a similar boat.

While Beckham has been sporting a fairly bog standard short back and sides for quite some time, there was a period when you didn't know what sort of trim he would show up with on a weekly basis. Be it a shaved head, cornrows, or something else, he tried a bit of everything over the years.

Despite this, there was only hairstyle that got him into trouble during his time at Manchester United.

David Beckham recalls controversial hairstyle


Speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, David Beckham revealed that his mohawk at the turn of the century was the only haircut that irked Alex Ferguson. In fact, the Scot would even make him shave it off in the dressing room ahead of the 2000 Community Shield against Chelsea.

Neville: What's the hairstyle that caused the most controversy?

Beckham: You tell me?

Neville: Is it the mohawk?

Beckham: Probably the mohawk.

Neville: How long did that last, the mohawk?

Beckham: It lasted until the gaffer saw it and then it had to go. He made me shave it in the dressing room.

Ferguson obviously wasn't a fan of the look.

Beckham has spoken about this incident in the past.


In a book released last year titled Fergie: Under The Hairdryer, the former England captain said he first thought Ferguson was joking when he told him to get rid of the hairstyle before the game.

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.

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.

Manchester United would go on to lose the game 2-0, with goals from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mario Melchiot either side of a Roy Keane red card condemning them to defeat.

Perhaps things would have been different if David Beckham wasn't forced to break out the hair clippers...

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