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Ferguson's Favourites

The Manchester United's Manager picks his 5 favourite European games.


Barcelona 3 - United 3 1998-99 European Champions' League

This match has rightly been hailed as one of the finest ever, because both teams displayed a refeshing approach which flew in the face of the modern game.

Neither side was interested in preventing the opposition from playing. We both attacked and we both wanted to win. The score could have been 6-6 or 6-3 to either side. I remember thinking: 'This is crazy' but in the end I felt elated.




United 3 - Juventus 2 1997-98 European Champions' League

I took special pride from this result. We've had four thrilling tussles with Juventus and won just one. Both the others were close in the terms of the score.

We learned a lot from the first meeting, where I thought my players seemed a little over-awed.

They appeared to be looking up to the Juve players as they lined up in the tunnel. They've overcome that now.




United 4 - Porto 0 1996-97 European Champions' League

I've got some cherished memories of this night at Old Trafford, and they don't only revolve round the result, immensely satisfying though it was.

I relish primarily the thought of the flowing football we played.

That, and how my United team handed out a soccer lesson to the accomplished champions from one of the top nations in Europe.




United 2 - Barcelona 1 1991 European Cup-Winners' Cup Final

Another special memory in my soccer scrapbook - made all the more precious because this was the year English clubs were re-admitted to European football.

Just like now, I'd lost my No2 - Archie Knox - but that didn't stop us overcoming Johan Cruyff's talented team.
And Mark Hughes' magnificent goal was the icing on the cake.




Aberdeen 2 - Real Madrid 1 1983 European Cup-Winners' Cup Final

The night you win a European trophy, especially your first, has got to claim a special place in anyone's memory. This is mine.

It was a real see-saw game. We took the lead, but the Spaniards equalised from the penalty spot.

We needed a moment of inspiration, and we got it when substitute John Hewitt scored a great winner.




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