‘Sir Alex Ferguson blamed me for Man Utd not making UCL final – he was furious’


Sir Alex Ferguson blamed Nicky Butt for Manchester United not making the Champions League final in 1998.

The Red Devils had a stellar European campaign during the 1997/98 season as they finished top of their group with five wins out of six, including a 3-2 triumph over Italian giants Juventus.

Ligue 1 Monaco awaited United in the quarter-finals and, after 0-0 draw in France, a second-leg awaited both at Old Trafford with the winner advancing to the semi-finals.

It was a horror start for the home side with David Trezeguet netting a rocket past Raimond Van der Gouw within the first five minutes of the match. Despite a second-half equaliser from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United were bounced out of the competition following the 1-1 draw due to the away goals rule.

“I go into the changing rooms thinking ‘that was a tough game that’, the manager is gone, his head’s gone, he’s lost that chance again for another year.”

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