Battle of The Bosses

Posted: February 22, 2008 in Olahraga

Who could ever forget the moment when Kevin Keegan lost his temper on live television in response to comments made by Sir Alex Ferguson – “I will love it if we beat them – love it!”

Still quoted today, Keegan’s rant is regarded as a pivotal moment in the 1995/96 title race when United overhauled Newcastle’s one-time 14-point lead to win the championship.

And although King Kev never again came close to finishing above Ferguson in the table, their head-to-head encounters still generated plenty of colour and column inches in the press.


Prior to their first meeting since 2005, recalls some classic bouts between the two bosses, starting with five great Ferguson wins:

27 Dec 1995 – United 2 Newcastle 0
A game the Reds really needed to win after their rivals went into Christmas 10 points clear in the title race. Goals by ex-Newcastle striker Andy Cole and Roy Keane reduced the gap at the top.

4 Mar 1996 – Newcastle 0 United 1
On a crucial trip to Tyneside, Cantona’s goal cut Newcastle’s lead to just three points. With a game in hand, the Reds were now on a roll.

11 Aug 1996 – United 4 Newcastle 0
This Community Shield match was expected to be close following Newcastle’s summer signing of Alan Shearer. In the end, it was anything but as United laid down a marker for the 1996/97 season with strikes from Cantona, Butt, Beckham and Keane.

14 Feb 2004 – United 4 Man City 2
Keegan’s City started well against United with a win and a draw but our boss hit back in style with this Valentine’s Day massacre. Despite Neville’s red card, the Reds went through en route to winning the FA Cup.

13 Feb 2005 – Man City 0 United 2
A strike from Rooney and a Dunne own goal gave the Reds a comfortable win. Keegan left City to enter almost three years in the football wilderness.

No prizes for guessing Keegan’s finest hour against us, but even then, Sir Alex had the last laugh…

20 Oct 1996 – Newcastle 5 United 0
Goals from Peacock, Ginola, (Les) Ferdinand, Shearer and Albert sealed United’s record Premier League defeat. But Keegan left Newcastle soon afterwards and the Reds went on to retain their title.

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