Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has revealed that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was terrified of one player during his time in the Red Devils dugout. Sir Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the best managers after he won 38 trophies in his 26-year spell as the Manchester United manager.


Sir Alex Ferguson was renowned for his hairdryer treatment which he gave to his players as he was fearless, but he was afraid of one player and that’s Steve McManaman whenever he faced Liverpool. Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Schmeichel said this in an interview monitored by the Daily Mirror.

Englishman McManaman came through the Liverpool Academy before making his debut for the club in 1990. It was revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson will change his tactics to nullify the threat posed by McManaman. Schmeichel went on to give the 1996 FA Cup final clash between Liverpool and Manchester United as an example. According to him, Ferguson had to delegate Phil Neville to do a job for the team by nullifying the threat from McManaman. In the end, it paid off as Eric Cantona scored to win the game for the Red Devils. Manchester United emerged as the FA Cup champions in 1996 after the 1-0 win over Liverpool in the final thanks to the goal from Frenchman Cantona five minutes from time.

McManaman was an important player for Liverpool in the 90s and it’s not surprising that he got a lot of attention from Ferguson. He spent nine years with the Liverpool first team squad, netting 66 times in 364 games in all competitions. He moved to Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid from Liverpool in 1999. The Englishman was at Real Madrid for four years.

McManaman didn’t have a good record against Manchester United during his time with three wins, six draws and nine defeats.

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