Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
This morning we wrote on 101gg that “Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney weren’t quite on the same wavelength when taking a free-kick” against Blackburn – much to the amusement of the Ewood Park crowd on Monday night.
Since then, we have been inundated with comments, emails and Tweets informing us that this was in fact planned with both Rooney and Giggs in on the fact they would “mistakenly” both run up together in the hope of catching out the Blackburn defence with the resulting cross.
Incredibly, Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams have been pulling off this trick for close to 30 years and thanks to a comment on our Facebook page we can bring you the footage.
During Aberdeen’s famous European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph in 1983, they saw off Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals thanks to the same free-kick routine.
Gordon Strachan and John McMaster played the Giggs/Rooney role before Strachan came back to cross in for Alex McLeish to score.
We have also seen United attempt to pull this routine off before, videos are sparse but they also struggled to pull it off when Giggs & David Beckham tried it at Villa Park in August 2001.
It would be a little simple to heap all the praise on Sir Alex Ferguson for all these free-kick routines, especially as it could be argued that none of them have worked for over 30 years and over recent years he has left training to his coaches.
But the fact Fergie’s sides are always trying something different is one of many reasons why Manchester United looks set to clinch a 20th English title.
Just a shame Wayne Rooney couldn’t deliver a decent cross.