Man Utd’s pints down the pub helped air grievances and stop “full-on fights”

Manchester United's midweek pints down the pub helped the players to air their grievances and stop "full-on fights" according to former defender Gary Pallister.

The retired central defender spent nine years with United from 1989 through to 1998 after joining from Middlesbrough and won 18 major honours with the Red Devils.

Pallister has explained how the culture of going for a drink as a team during the week helped to quash any issues amongst players and maintain a high level of moral amongst the squad.

United won the Premier League four times while Pallister was at the club as they asserted themselves as the dominant force in the league's infant years.

Speaking to FreeSuperTips, Pallister explained how training sessions could become heated as the players competed in highly competitive drills and games.

"I look back on some of the training games we played and whether it was young vs old or European vs British, these 5 a side games could get brutal.

"That will to win was always there on the training pitch ad sometimes it spills over and people get annoyed.

"I never saw too many full-fights but there were plenty of scuffles and things said during," he admits on reflection.

However, Pallister credits the squad's habit of going for a drink during the week in maintaining morale and avoiding friction amongst the squad.

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"But the great thing was in our day if we didn't have a midweek game we would go and have a few beers in the pub.

"The general consensus was if there were any issues then they would be brought up in these kinds of meetings once a couple of pints loosened the tongue. It would get aired there and then and it never lingered in the dressing room.

"I'm not sure you could do it nowadays, but that's what we did, and it was good for the team with the fact you wanted to go out and socialise with your team-mates.

"It brought us a lot closer, and it aired out any potential issues, so it was good on all accounts for us."

During his time at United, Pallister played 329 matches for the club and won a total of 18 trophies including four Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Cup Winners' Cup.

He also won 23 caps for England between 1988 and 1996 having made his international debut while still playing for Middlesbrough.

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