When Sir Alex Ferguson claimed that Manchester United v Liverpool is the biggest game in the world he must have thought he was performing live at the Hammersmith Apollo.
If anyone genuinely believed this match would be better than Spain’s “El Classico”, they must really be laughing at themselves right now. Any expectation of this game being a classic, dropped as soon as we saw United’s teamsheet.
United are not the sort of team that sets out to defend, but I guess having lost at Anfield in three successive seasons, Fergie was scared. Spain must have been laughing at Fergie for even comparing the two. When ‘El Classico’ arrives we are blessed with the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Kaka, Villa and so on. On Saturday we were blessed to see for the first time a bench looking stronger than the first team put out. It wasn’t like it was a Carling Cup match, which would be a bit more understandable.
Ferguson knows he got it wrong, you could see it by his post match interview. His game plan was to just stop Liverpool playing, make sure we don’t lose and if we are lucky pray to nick a goal. You would never see Barcelona set out with that type of attitude, just shows the difference between the two. It was only thanks to Gerrard’s goal that we got to see a real contest and the type of match that Ferguson had ensured us it would be.
United now find themselves behind ‘noisy neighbours’ City, and with the two playing this Sunday, lets just pray we get a better show on the cards. With City now looking like a force to be reckoned with, Ferguson may be forced to change his perspective and start rethinking the possibility of whether next week’s derby will be an even bigger match.