When you think of the great Manchester United players of the years 2002-06 you think of certain names.
Gary Neville, David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs all graced Old Trafford during that time, in what was one of the many golden periods the club have had in recent memory.
One player you may not remember from that time though (and why would you?) is Mads Timm. The Danish striker was at the club during that four year period but failed to make a single league appearance, with his most prominent spell in English football a loan move to Walsall.
Certainly, then, you can’t imagine he looks back on his time with the Red Devils fondly… and that appears to be the case, judging by quotes from his new autobiography. Yes, it actually exists!
As quoted by the Danish paper BT, Timm has written: “[Sir Alex Ferguson] implemented and insisted on a leadership culture and ruthlessly made sure his players dedicated themselves unconditionally to his ideas and hierarchy.
“He was a control freak, and he often motivated players with fear. In his way, he was good for the time and fitted well to the players who were at United then.
“David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers’ [Gary and Phil] personalities all fitted perfectly into Ferguson’s slave army.”
Regardless of what Timm thinks it certainly seemed to work for Ferguson as he swept all before him, whilst the Scandinavian had a less than sparkling career shall we say.