Alex Ferguson is a dressing room bully

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been exposed as a dressing room bully who rules Old Trafford by fear. Argentine star Juan Sebastian Veron says Fergie's infamous "flying boot" incident with David Beckham last season was not a one-off and that the Scot regularly throws plastic bottles around when he loses his temper with his United stars.

Juan Sebastian Veron of Manchester United talks with manager Sir Alex Ferguson during a training session. "Bottles are thrown in the dressing-room. One time I had to dodge one which flew very close to my head. Ferguson doesn't do it intentionally, he's not looking to hit anybody in particular, but he throws them," says Veron. — Pic. SHAUN BOTTERILL/GETTY IMAGES-

But Veron, 28, insists the players respond to Ferguson's shock tactics and it is one of the main reasons behind their incredible success.

"Bottles are thrown in the dressing-room. One time I had to dodge one which flew very close to my head.

"Ferguson doesn't do it intentionally, he's not looking to hit anybody in particular, but he throws them," Veron told the Daily Mirror.

"Sometimes he's more withdrawn, then he gets close to you to speak to you and when he has to throw a bottle he does. He loses his cool.

"But I don't mind. He corrects things and it doesn't bother me at all. He's very respected at the club. Most of the players know him as he's brought them up from the juniors.

"It doesn't surprise me or worry me. On the contrary, it seems like it encourages me to give everything."

Ferguson is famous for dressing down players if he feels they have let the side down with an eyeball-to-eyeball tactic known as the hairdryer treatment.

But none of his outbursts have caused as much uproar as Ferguson's clash with Beckham after United's FA Cup defeat to bitter rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford in April.