I hear people talking about Fergie getting his tactics wrong
. Didn't he stick 5 midfielders (including Anderson, which I hear people said should have came on for Giggs/Carrick) in Rome too - we all know how that ended. With Berbatov, he's not picked probably because it's guaranteed that he won't press for the ball and unlikely to get a last-gasp goal (not that Chicharito pressed after the first 10 minutes, spent most of his time offside, and Owen wasn't even used).
When Barca get into their 'little zones tika-tika' mode, it won't matter how many people you pack in midfield. They'll just pass the ball around you, Carrick spent most of the game looking at Messi's back.
Chicharito ended up getting isolated, just like Ronaldo in 2009.
I'm not a fan of the Barcelona diving squad or Man Utd (especially), but to say Fergie bottled it is a no-no. I understand most of the decisions he made. Although I must say I'm baffled as to why his first change didn't come until the 70th minute.
Although I don't like this method at all, I think the only way to win against them is kick them off the park, unless you can outscore them with 35% possession.
How I wish Liverpool were up there...instead of fighting for mid-table mediocrity.