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Carlo Ancelotti’s record against Sir Alex Ferguson abroad and at home gives Chelsea upper hand against Manchester United

Carlo Ancelotti’s record against Sir Alex Ferguson abroad and at home gives Chelsea upper hand against Manchester United

Manchester United's 3-2 win against Juventus in 1999 remains one of Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest victories, but it marked a rare triumph against nemesis Carlo Ancelotti.

His statistics are startling. In more than 24 years in the Manchester United hotseat, Sir Alex Ferguson has become one of the most legendary managers in football history. His 11 Premier League triumphs and two Champions League successes have been the highlights of a managerial career which has garnered 45 major trophies in 33 years since his arrival at Aberdeen from St. Mirren. But this man who has very few points left to prove in the game needs to lay an old ghost to rest this evening when his side come up against Carlo Ancelotti and Chelsea.

In the product of Reggiolo, Ferguson comes up against a man who has very much had his number over the years. After a triumphant first meeting 12 years ago for the Scotsman, their clashes ever since have gone almost entirely the way of the Italian, regardless of which club he's been in charge of.

With the two coaches meeting twice over the next six days to determine who will reach the Champions League semi-final, and a potentially welcoming tie with Schalke, we take a look at their previous meetings.

1998-99 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS
Manchester United 1 1 Juventus

Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids combined to tee up Antonio Conte for a first half opener, but Ryan Giggs fired high into the net after an injury-time scramble to give United a slither of hope going to Turin.

Juventus 2 3 Manchester United

Two goals in the first 11 minutes from Filippo Inzaghi looked to have killed off the tie, but United were inspired. Roy Keane and Dwight Yorke put them ahead on away goals by half-time, before Yorke pushed the ball around Angelo Peruzzi and Andy Cole slotted home to send Sir Alex to Barcelona and a date with destiny.

CARLO ANCELOTTI 0 1 SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2004-05 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF 16
Manchester United
0
1
Milan

In an end-to-end game, Clarence Seedorf hit the bar and Quinton Fortune slid just wide with Dida bearing down on him. Hernan Crespo grabbed the winner late on when Roy Carroll failed to hold Seedorf’s effort.

Milan
1
0
Manchester United

Ryan Giggs hit the post and Kaka struck the crossbar after a Mikael Silvestre error as the two sides again went toe-to-toe, before a towering Crespo header from Cafu’s cross proved too much for Tim Howard. The Rossoneri went on to suffer final heartbreak against Liverpool.

CARLO ANCELOTTI
1
1
SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2006-07 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS
Manchester United
3
2
Milan

Cristiano Ronaldo’s bundled header put United ahead, but two magnificent Kaka goals put Milan in control. Wayne Rooney equalised when getting behind Alessandro Nesta, before his superb right foot drive from Giggs’ pass gave United a first leg lead.

Milan
3
0
Manchester United

The Rossoneri dominated from the start, and Kaka grabbed his third of the tie with a low left foot shot. Seedorf held off two men and volleyed home the second before Alberto Gilardino slotted past Edwin van der Sar after the break to settle it.

CARLO ANCELOTTI
2
1
SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2009-10 FA COMMUNITY SHIELD
Manchester United
2
2
Chelsea   *pens 1-4

Nani cut in to fire home early on but Ricardo Carvalho pounced when Ben Foster flapped just after half-time. Frank Lampard scored a controversial goal as Patrice Evra lay injured before Wayne Rooney’s injury time equaliser. Giggs and Evra both had penalties saved, leaving Salomon Kalou to clinch Ancelotti’s first English trophy on his debut.

CARLO ANCELOTTI
3
1
SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2009-10 FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea 1
0
Manchester United

John Terry’s header late on was enough to see off Sir Alex’s side as the Blues extended United’s largely unflattering record at Stamford Bridge. In a contentious but less than attractive encounter, it was the Blues skipper's goal which put them five points clear at the top.

CARLO ANCELOTTI
4
1
SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2009-10 FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Manchester United
1
2
Chelsea
Forgotten man Joe Cole’s impudent flick from a Florent Malouda cross gave Chelsea an early lead before substitute Didier Drogba fired powerfully home at the near post. Fellow sub Federico Macheda’s goal soon after was scant consolation as the Blues pushed United aside in the title run-in.
CARLO ANCELOTTI
5
1
SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2010 FA COMMUNITY SHIELD
Chelsea
1
3
Manchester United

Antonio Valencia side-footed home from Rooney’s excellent low cross, before turning provider for Javier Hernandez. Kalou followed in Van der Sar’s spill of Daniel Sturridge’s shot, but Dimitar Berbatov clinched the curtain raiser with a spectacular lob over the advancing Hilario. For the first time in 11 years, Sir Alex had foiled Ancelotti.

CARLO ANCELOTTI
5
2
SIR ALEX FERGUSON


2010-11 FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea
2
1
Manchester United

Ancelotti’s flagging troops hit back in the title race after falling behind to Rooney’s first half strike. David Luiz’s clinical low volley levelled matters before Chris Smalling brought down Yuri Zhirkov to allow Lampard to net the winner from the spot.

CARLO ANCELOTTI
6
2
SIR ALEX FERGUSON

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