1999 – Manchester United vs Bayern Munich (Finals)
United were trailing 1-0 from the 5th minute. They had won the FA cup and the Premier League and were looking down and dusted against their German opponents. United were sorely missing suspended duo Roy Keane and Paul Scholes, and simply could not wrest control in midfield. Ferguson introduced Teddy Sheringham and then, with nine minutes remaining, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. The clock showed 90 minutes as United won a corner. In it came and out it was cleared, but only as far as Ryan Giggs who hooked in a weak effort that fell perfectly for Sheringham to divert inside the post. Yet Sheringham's work was not done. Two minutes later he rose to glance David Beckham's corner into the path of Solskjær who prodded in to spark delirious celebrations. Oliver Kahn and the rest of the Munich team were crestfallen. After this remarkable feat, the United boss had a new name "Sir" Alex Ferguson.
2002 – Real Madrid vs Bayer Leverkusen (Finals)
Manchester City have sacked Roberto Mancini - a year to the day he led them to the Premier League title.
Manuel Pellegrini is set to replace Mancini as boss at The Etihad.
Pellegrini is set to be confirmed as City’s new manager to replace Roberto Mancini and he will not be the only arrival from Malaga.
Abu Dhabi sources have excitedly claimed that Spanish attacking midfielder Isco will join his boss Pellegrini at City and that a deal for Cavani is close to completion. The total cost of the double deal could total a staggering £79million.
Isco’s Malaga release fee is £27m, while Napoli have always insisted they will not accept less than the £52m buy-out clause in striker Cavani’s contract.
With David Silva's injury problems this season contributing to his stuttering form, it’s time some of the playmaking burden was taken off him. Isco is an ideal solution to the creative side of City’s game, and the bonus is that Pellegrini knows the 20-year-old inside out from his time at Malaga.
Kimi Raikkonen drove one of the most sensational races ever to take the chequered flag here at the Yas Marina bay circuit in Abu Dhabi with the lights coming in the second half of the race. He never looked back once he took the race lead after Lewis Hamilton’s retirement. This was his first win since the last one in Belgium 2009. It took as many as 181 races for Lotus to post a win. Kimi had a strong start and got past Webber in the first corner itself. The highlight was when Kimi said to this race engineer on the radio “Leave me alone, I know what I am doing”
His teammate Romain Grosjean however had a bad outing and had to retire after an incident involving four cars on lap 38.
Ferrari did not have the pace to keep up on the front runners. But when has that ever stopped Fernando Alonso to push for victory. He just finished .8 secs behind Kimi. Alonso too had an excellent start and got past Jenson Button on turn one.
Alex Ferguson played the formation for which he had the ammo. It was good of him to break the traditional 4-4-2 and instead go for a more attacking 4-3-3, but he was done with the lack of sharpness in front of goal and some mediocre central midfield play. Even a team like Everton who complete out of the top four have a decent central midfielder who can win balls and control possession. It is high time United go after some quality playmaker rather than sticking season after season with Michael Carrick.
Felliani and Jagielka treated him like a school kid and also made sure their strikers were supplied well. All top teams have highly creative players in this position. Paul Scholes was good in his prime, but Sir Alex has to realize that this cannot continue forever. Shinji Kagawa was the only promising player who continuously tried to innovate things at the midfield.
After last season, last minute title loss,Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has made some significant changes to his side. He has smartly let go several players who not feature in his scheme of things in the near future for United. The signing of Japanese international Shinji Kagawa, from Borussia Dortmund was a very calculated move after United failed to land in the Chelsea bound Eden Hazard.
Kagawa is a naturally attacking midfielder, with an eye for goal. The deal for Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has somehow left a sweet-sour taste among the United fans. This move was like Luis Figo moving from the Nou Camp to Santiago Bernebeu. Though you might be happy at the arrival of a great player; at the same time it is hard to cheer for him as you are so used to seeing him at your top rivals colors. Arsenal fans won't be too happy either to see him move as they have always been behind him during his injury prone stay at the Emirates. Also a 22 million price tag is not justified, as Van Persie is 29 and his best season in the Premiership was the last season, which I believe is hard to emulate.