Alex Ferguson was devastated after failing to beat Barcelona in 2009, claims Carrick

Alex Ferguson was devastated after failing to beat Barcelona in 2009, claims Carrick

Alex Ferguson will recall memories of Man United's Champions League defeat in 2009 ahead of Tuesday's quarter-final showdown against Barcelona at Old Trafford.

According to the Mirror, despite winning 13 Premier League titles and the Champions Leagues twice, Fergie will be bitter he failed to win Europe's premier club competition more times.

At the last count, the Red Devils lost the Champions League final twice in 2009 and at Wembley in 2011.

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In Michael Carrick’s autobiography, the defeat in Rome in 2009 remains the most painful for Ferguson, who wanted to be a serial winner as they were on the verge of becoming the first club to defend the Champions League in its current format but goals from Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi ended the dream in Rome.

"The Boss was understandably angry and had a go at everyone," he wrote.

“'You need to have a look at yourselves and see if you can play at this level,' he said. Moscow [in 2008] was irrelevant.

"We were Manchester United and the expectation was relentless.

"'You’ve let a good chance slip away here,' he said.

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"The boss summed up exactly how I was feeling.

"After he finished, I just questioned myself again and again. Am I good enough?’ noted Carrick, who admitted suffering depression after the defeat.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates rounded off preparations in high spirit ahead of their UCL quarter-final first-leg clash against United at Old Trafford.

According to Daily Mail, the two top clubs are eager to take the lead, ahead of the reverse fixture at Nou Camp on April 16. Barcelona are yet to win another UCL since 2015, while United are still left with their three titles after failing to lift Europe's biggest club silverware since 2008.

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