Throwback: Sir Alex Ferguson’s Tactic To Cease Leo Messi
Sir Alex Ferguson is unarguably one of many best managers the sport of soccer has ever witnessed. He constructed a number of unbelievable rosters throughout his 26-year stint at Manchester United, remodeling the membership into a significant European drive.
Not many groups have managed to greatest Sir Alex’s Crimson Devils on a number of events. Nonetheless, one group that actually managed that – a undeniable fact that the Scottish tactician himself admitted – was Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Barcelona aspect.
The Mancunians succumbed to the Catalan giants within the Champions League finals on two events, in 2009 in addition to 2011, with Lionel Messi taking part in a significant half in each these video games.
In reality, following the 3-1 defeat at Wembley in 2011, Ferguson himself was quoted as saying the next: “We have been crushed, there isn’t any different solution to handle the state of affairs, by the very best group.
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“I anticipated us to do higher however on the finish of the day we have been crushed by the higher group. They’re the very best group we now have ever performed, they’re on the peak on this cycle of their group.
“There was good proof we’re a constantly good European group however we have been crushed by the very best group in Europe and there’s no disgrace in that. Generally you come up in opposition to a much better group and tonight was a type of nights.”
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Nonetheless, had Manchester United confronted Lionel Messi and co. once more beneath Sir Alex, the adorned supervisor had an in depth plan prepared – one which he believed would cease the Argentinian from displaying his magic on the pitch.
In his 2013 autobiography, Sir Alex wrote (through Aim): “You want centre-backs who’re ready to drop proper on high of Messi and never fear about what is occurring behind them. Okay, he’ll drift away to the aspect. That’s fantastic. He’s much less of a risk on the aspect than he’s by the centre.
“After the inquest I informed myself: ‘After we play Barcelona subsequent time in a Champions League ultimate, I might have [Phil] Jones and [Chris] Smalling, or Smalling and [Jonny] Evans, proper on high of Messi.’ I wasn’t going to let him torture us once more.”
An attention-grabbing plan, and one thing the present United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, may take inspiration from, as his aspect prepares to tackle Barcelona within the upcoming UCL quarter-finals.