Sir Alex only paid attention to one Premier League opponent while Man Utd boss

Sir Alex Ferguson only ever paid attention to one Premier League opponent during his time as Manchester United manager.

The legendary Scottish boss took charge of over 1300 matches during his 27 years as manager of the Red Devils between 1986 and 2013.

During this period, United became a dominant force within English football, especially once the Premier League began, winning 13 league titles under Ferguson.

As a result, Ferguson was rarely concerned with paying extra attention to opponents or opposition players while in charge, although one rival player is said to have given the former United manager cause for concern.

Peter Schmeichel has revealed that Ferguson once asked his players to pay extra attention to Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman.

The request to man-mark McManaman came as United prepared to take on their rivals in the FA Cup final at Wembley back in 1996.

In his autobiography, One, Schmeichel explains: “McManaman was the only opposing player he ever paid attention to in the Premier League.

“I mean, he would mention Alan Shearer and other major opposing players in team talks but never with any fear. However, McManaman always had him in a sweat.

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“And, to be fair, Steve was a fantastic footballer. Fergie’s thinking was always that if you took McManaman out of the game, you took Liverpool out.”

Ferguson's approach back in 1996 ultimately paid off, with United running out 1-0 winners thanks to a solitary goal from Eric Cantona.

During his career, McManaman faced Fergie's United 18 times in the Premier League and never scored in these matches.

He won just three times in the league against the Red Devils, but would often cause havoc with his tricky runs in the attacking third.

McManaman was predominantly a right winger during his Liverpool days but was capable of playing on both flanks as well as behind the striker.

Overall, the academy graduate made 364 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 66 goals and providing an additional 86 assists for this teammates.

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