Thy shall not fear the oligarchy

With a psychological master stroke Ferguson brought to an end almost a decade of hurt at Stamford Bridge

When you don’t win somewhere for almost a decade, psychology becomes a factor. So for all the deserved superlatives for the evergreen Giggs, the real stroke of old mastery came in the 51st minute.

United lost Rafael – it usually loses players to injury at the Bridge. The Chelsea usual assault was on the horizon. But rather than sending in a natural defender, Alex Ferguson sent in Nani, the most dangerous winger in the land. Shifting Antonio Valencia to right-back.

This had it’s tactical merits. Rather than concentrating on its offensive assault, Chelsea could not throw caution to wind.

But more than anything it was a message from Ferguson to his men:

Thy shall not fear the oligarchy.


  1. Thomas Student added these pithy words on April 7, 2011 | Permalink

    Shall thy fear Schalke then?

  2. ronen dorfan added these pithy words on April 7, 2011 | Permalink

    no need to fear, respect will do

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