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Sir Alex Ferguson

In October 2004, Manchester United ended our hopes of making it to 50 games unbeaten on a controversial afternoon at Old Trafford.

Tensions spilt over into the tunnel at Old Trafford after the final whistle, resulting in reports that Sir Alex Ferguson was struck by a slice of pizza. 
 
Speaking exclusively to our 'In Lockdown' podcast, Jens Lehmann gave his account of the match and post-match fireworks in the tunnel. 

 
"It was so obvious that Wayne Rooney went for a dive," he said. "It was a little bit disappointing for myself. I wanted to go to the corner where Ruud van Nistelrooy put the penalty, but Patrick [Vieira] came to me and said, 'You know where he's going.' 
 
"So I said, 'Okay, I'll go to the [other] corner' and obviously he scored. I should have gone with my first thought, then it probably would have been a draw. 
 
"The year before, it was the same [controversy]. I thought, 'Oh, every time it's the same here. It belongs to the aftermath of the game that managers stand in front of each other and try to punch each other.' The year before they were already having a fight, this year was ‘Pizzagate’. 
 
"I mean a young player came into our dressing room and was hungry. He'd probably taken too much pizza and instead of eating it, he had thrown it on to Alex Ferguson's... where was it? Chin? Forehead? I think it was half neck, half shoulder. 
 
"I wasn't really involved. The only thing I did… I was quite late and I saw the bunch of players in front of me, the two managers standing, confronting each other. I was spilling water from behind on to the whole crowd. It was like petrol onto a fire.
 
“I inflamed the situation a little bit but without getting involved. I saw security guys there, our players, the managers, it was just an accusation of betrayal and whatever, because of the penalty. Again, a penalty."

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'No one gave us a chance, but it was magnificent'

Kevin Campbell

After beating Standard Liege, Torino and Paris Saint-Germain, we faced Parma in the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup final in Denmark.

Speaking exclusively to our 'In Lockdown' podcast, Kevin Campbell recounted our journey to the final and how we came out on top with a weakened team.
 
"We knew it would be nip and tuck with [Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final]," he said. "The quality they had, we felt we should have been ahead from the first leg and we were ahead, but they pegged us back. We knew if we could get ourselves ahead at Highbury then we could defend well enough to see it out.

 
"I wasn't even supposed to be playing, I think Merse got injured just before. He wasn't well before the game and I ended up playing and the football gods, that's the way they work, don't they? It comes up, Lee Dixon swings the cross in, I get a header on target and luckily it hits the back of the net and we end up winning the game 1-0.
 
"But again, Wrighty gets booked in that game, he can't play in the final, he has a little bit of a meltdown at half-time and he's going crazy. We have to calm him down, George Graham has to calm him down, but we go out there and do the business.
 
"[The final in] Copenhagen was magnificent for us, we had virtually half a team going out there. No one gave us a chance against a really, really top Parma team with some world-class talent, but that was what we were about.
 
“We were about defeating the odds and it was just typical Arsenal. We go there and I was so pleased for Alan Smith to not only play, but to get a goal like he did. That was a goal worthy of winning any cup final."

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