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Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals Lionel Messi Regret After Manchester United Lost Champions League Final in 2011

Man United were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final
Man United were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in the 2011 Champions League final / Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted his tactical decisions on how to deal with Lionel Messi cost his side the Champions League final in 2011 against Barcelona.

The Red Devils were beaten 3-1 by Pep Guardiola's side, with Messi producing yet another scintillating performance. And Ferguson has admitted he believes United could have won had he tailed Messi with Park Ji-sung throughout the contest.

"That's where I lost the final against Barcelona at Wembley," Ferguson stated in a video Q&A session with former player Gary Neville for SPORTbible.

"I should have changed at half-time and put Park Ji-sung on Messi. That was a mistake... I was going to do it at half-time, then I said: 'Well, we just equalised before half-time, they may see the game differently, we may grow into the game better'.

"We were actually quite good in the last 10 minutes of that half. We came into it and we could have been in front. But if I'd played Park against Messi, I think we'd have beat them. I really do."

The legendary manager also named four current players he would have loved to have managed during his time in the dugout. He included Tottenham stars Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Heung-min Son, and also named soon to depart Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero.