Michael Carrick Reveals The Training Drill That Allowed Manchester United To Beat Barcelona In 2008

Michael Carrick Reveals The Training Drill That Allowed Manchester United To Beat Barcelona In 2008
May 1, 2017

Manchester United News

Champions League nights against Europe’s elite at Old Trafford were once a thing – despite Manchester United’s form for the past few years. Most recognisably, Paul Scholes’ 25-yard rocket meant Sir Alex Ferguson’s side went through to the Champions League final, which they went on to win.

Between the two legs, the Red Devils kept two clean sheets against the likes of Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry and Michael Carrick has revealed assistant manager Carlos Queiroz was behind the emphatic win against Barcelona.

The 35-year-old appeared on Sky’s Fantasy Football Club, in which he spoke to Paul Merson about the training drill by Queiroz.

 “We’d normally do sit-ups on the gym mats, but he’s (Queiroz) put them on the pitch and slung them down.”

“It was me and Scholesy in midfield and Rio and Wes Brown were centre-halves. Anyway, he’s put these two mats in between us, and we’re thinking, what’s he up to here?”

“For about five minutes, he just said don’t let the ball get on those mats. So straight away you switch on and you’re blocking that space off, that’s where Barcelona, around the edge of the box, wanted to get into, that was how they played at the time.”

“We played 4-4-2, two banks of four, blocking off that space. We got a 0-0 draw at Barcelona and obviously managed to beat them at Old Trafford. It’s little things like that make you think.”

Manchester United face Celta Vigo on Thursday in the Europa League semi-final. Mourinho’s side drew with Swansea this weekend, luckily being saved by Manchester City being held at the Riverside Stadium by Middlesbrough.

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