Only Sir Alex Could Beat Arsenal With 'The Worst Midfield In Premier League History'

If there was one game that summed up Sir Alex Ferguson's 26 years of management, perhaps this victory against Arsenal in 2011 is it.

Sir Alex, who was the king of motivation and man management, decided to field a weakened side in the FA Cup quarter-final, naming Brazilian brothers Rafael and Fabio in midfield and John O'Shea and Darron Gibson in the centre.

All in all, he fielded seven defenders that day. Only he could do such a thing and beat Arsene Wenger's side.

Despite that fact, Manchester United opened the scoring when Fabio scored in the 27th minute. Wayne Rooney then sealed the tie just four minutes into the second half.

Plenty doubted the strength of United's line-up before kick-off and you can understand why.

Image: ITV
Image: ITV

Arsenal's defeat at Old Trafford happened just days after Birmingham defeated Arsene Wenger's side in the Carling Cup final - remember Obafemi Martins' goal?

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasri and Laurent Koscielny couldn't stop United from securing victory, but is this the worst midfield Manchester United have fielded in Premier League history?

Image: Zonal Marking
Image: Zonal Marking

Sam Huxley, an Aston Villa-supporting Journalist who works for BBC Sport, has since put together a list of all of Arsenal's utterly spineless performances in the last ten years.

The list comprises of a staggering 62 matches and included a brief summary of the game and what went down (or how shit Arsenal were).

What a time to be alive.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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