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Sir Alex Ferguson message to Man Utd players before clash with Arsenal worked perfectly

Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United tore Arsenal to shreds on the counter-attack in a Champions League semi-final showdown at the Emirates.Bidding for a potential final against Barcelona or Chelsea, United and Arsenal initially went head-to-head in the first leg at Old Trafford, which the hosts edged 1-0 thanks to a goal from John O’Shea.Ferguson took his men to north London for the decider a week later, and before the crucial outing he had a clear instruction that would eventually prove decisive.“We didn’t need to win the ball against Arsenal, we needed to intercept it,” the Scot wrote in his autobiography.“We would say to our players: ‘Stay with the runners, then intercept the pass.’“Then we counterattacked quickly.”And Ferguson’s.

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