Where I'm sure most Manchester United supporters are still reeling from yesterday's 2-0 defeat by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League (myself included), there was a piece by Kaveh Solhekol from the Times that analyses the tactics used by Sir Alex Ferguson.
It is difficult to question the tactics of a manager who has won more than thirty trophies, but it looks like Sir Alex Ferguson got it all wrong in Rome last night.
Chelsea – and United in the past - have proved that the best way to play against Barcelona is to be physical and strong. Give Barcelona time and space and they will destroy you.
For some reason, Ferguson decided to try and play Barcelona at their own game in the Stadio Olimpico and United’s fate was sealed when Samuel Eto’o scored after only ten minutes.
To make matters worse, Ferguson gambled at half time by bringing on Carlos Tevez, switching his formation and making the game even more open.
United did not turn up last night. They did not compete. There was no passion. There was no fire. There was no spark.
Ferguson does not owe United anything but if he had taken Barcelona more seriously last night the result could have been very different.