Sir Alex Ferguson

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has revealed ex-Liverpool star Steve McManaman simply gave Sir Alex Ferguson sleepless nights.

Schmeichel remembered one outstanding event where United were to battle Liverpool in an FA Cup in 1996.

Sir Alex set up a young Phil Neville to follow McManaman everywhere, as he was Liverpool’s most dangerous footballer on the park.

“In some ways, this was no surprise because Ferguson was terrified of McManaman,” the Danish legend said of Ferguson’s man-marking tactics in his autobiography, One.

“McManaman was the only opposing player he ever paid attention to in the Premier League. I mean, he would mention Alan Shearer and other major opposing players in team talks but never with any fear. However, McManaman always had him in a sweat.

“And, to be fair, Steve was a fantastic footballer. Fergie’s thinking was always that if you took McManaman out of the game, you took Liverpool out,” he added.

Meanwhile, United’s next confirmed next game is a trip to St James’ Park to battle Newcastle United next Monday.

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