VIDEO SPECIAL: All aboard United's showboat! The tricks Fergie wants out

12 March 2009 06:25
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned that his stars will have to cut down on the showboating if Manchester United

are to triumph against the best and deliver the unprecedented Quintuple.

But do we really want the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov to rein in their creativity?

The United boss accused his players of suicidal football for the way they swaggered to a 2-0 victory against Inter Milan in the Champions League last 16.

Showman: United veteran Ryan Giggs marshals the midfield against Inter Milan

They started trying flicks and playing balls into space where there was nobody there,' said the Scot. 'It was practice football and allowed Inter to get into the game.'

But Sportsmail, defenders of the Beautiful Game, presents the case for the showboat - those moments that can brighten up any 90 minutes.

To be fair, most of the following clips show masterclasses in how to use tricks to produce goals, but let's kick off with Nani's outrageously un-needed attempt to dribble the ball like a seal against Arsenal last season.

The incident brought a mild reprimand from John Motson and seemed to cause national outrage that his sort of behaviour should not be tolerated on these shores.

The Portuguese seems to have drawn inspiration from Brazil youth international Kerlon, whose trademark seal dribble has earned him more than one decapitation attempt.

The next video is a delight for the senses - unless you're from the Sam Allardyce school - featuring United's fantastic four of Ronaldo, Rooney, Berbatov an Carlos Tevez.

After showing about 17 times Berba's quick-footed outfoxing the West Ham defence, the clip really gets going.

The showboater in chief deserves a video all to himself - and YouTube obliges with 'about 100,000' hits. Choosing a clip which balances Ronaldo's skill with the correct level of ridiculous soundtrack is not easy, but this one just about suffices.

No round-up would be complete without a celebration of United's man for all seasons - Ryan Giggs. He's enjoying an Indian summer, so here's a salute to the winger who was the next George Best before Ronaldo came along.

And what hope is there of Ferguson getting sober discipline from his players when he packs his ranks with young Brazilians such as Rodrigo Possebon, Anderson and the Da Silva twins. Here's Rafael looking like a showboater of the future.

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Source: Daily_Mail