Sir Alex Ferguson v Pep Guardiola

26 May 2011 09:04
Share [LNB]Manchester United's clash with Barcelona in Saturday's European Cup final is one to savour for football fans the world over. [LNB]Sportsmail now casts an eye over the two men in charge of the footballing giants.[LNB]Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)Age: 40[LNB]Experience: In just three years as coach has developed Barcelona into ateam proclaimed by many as the best of all time. Led the Catalan giants to a glorious treble in 2009.[LNB]Honours: Plenty since arriving in 2008. One Champions League (2009), three consecutive La Liga titles, Copa Del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup.[LNB]Sir Alex Ferguson (Man United)Age: 69[LNB]Experience: He establishedhimself as a brilliant manager in Scotland, breaking the duopoly of the Old Firm, before moving to Old Trafford. The rest is the stuff of folklore.[LNB]Honours: He has won 47 trophies as a manager - he is the most successfulin British football history, including 12 Premier League titles and two Champions League wins (1999 and 2008).[LNB] [caption[LNB] [LNB]Tactics: Has developed the passing game into a virtual art form. But Barca are not just about passing, his team is also a byword for hard work - they press their opponents relentlessly.[LNB]Style: Bold and strong-minded - as was shown by hisannouncement that Ronaldinho, Deco and Samuel Eto'o were surplus to requirements when he took over as coach in 2009.[LNB]Playing career: Magnificent. Played for Barcelona for over a decade, winning just about everything, including the European Cup in 1992. Later played in Serie A with Brescia and Roma.[LNB]Tactics: His teams are characterised by skill and speed, especially hitting teams on the break. Ferguson's team have a blend of aggression and style - they are never bullied off the park.[LNB]Style: A fearsome figure from the start of his managerial career, Ferguson rules with an iron fist. He is a master of the mind games, as messrs Wenger and Benitez could testify. [LNB]Playing career: A lot better than is often suggested. Ferguson played for many years in Scotland's top flight. He scored 45 goals in 51 games for Dunfermline in 1965-66.[LNB] The main man: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson[LNB] Six of the best! Previous clashes matches between Barca and UnitedCountdown to Champions League final: Man United's route to WembleyCountdown to Champions League final: Barcelona's route to Wembley[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson Places: Barcelona, Scotland

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