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Ferguson Reflects On Fantastic Wins Over Chelsea and Bayern Munich

The joyous nights in Barcelona and Moscow will be fresh in United fans’ minds for their whole life. The intensity of feeling which came from the fear of losing combined with the ecstacy of winning will be with us forever.

In Barcelona we were just minutes away from losing, going in to injury time still a goal down, whilst in Moscow an on target penalty from John Terry would have been enough to seal defeat. Yet on both occasions, United managed to pull through, meaning we’d won two European Cups in nine years.

Sir Alex Ferguson reflects on the similarities and differences between these two nights.

‘In Moscow I thought we were dead then John Terry missed his penalty and I thought ‘We have a break here’,” said Ferguson. “In Barcelona, there were three minutes left and I was thinking ‘What am I going to say to the players?’ Then we got two goals and we win,. I was stunned. the players were all over the pitch celebrating, I had to go and speak to the TV people so we were all split up and didn’t get together until a while after the game. I remember walking into the dressing room but it was so quiet, so I just went for a walk around the corridors, just taking it all in. Moscow was different. It was so wet I think everyone was glad to get into the dressing room. Both occasions were different, but fantastic.”

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  1. RED says:

    john terry’s miss will always be a fond memory! ! !

  2. suhayl says:

    truly great special nights that will live with us forever

  3. Red-Manc says:

    Que Sera Sera
    Whatever will be will be
    In Moscow we made it three
    Que Sera Sera

    99 was more dramatic, i was lucky enough to be their and i nearly had a heart attack i couldnt take much more ;) but in moscow we dominated most of the match which was good to see and terry crying after fucking it up for the rentboys and ANELKA ex citeh liverpool arsenal player missing the penalty haha priceless. loved every minute of it

  4. unitedgirl15 says:

    I was only 7 in 99. so i dont remember it clearly.
    However May the 21st 2008 is very clear in my head! When JT stepped up i couldn’t watch.
    But then… he f***ed it up =)


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