Schmeichel further added that Ferguson always wanted his players to nullify the former Reds winger out on the football pitch.
“McManaman was the only opposing player he ever paid attention to in the Premier League,” Schmeichel wrote in his autobiography One, as cited by the Sport Bible.
“I mean, he would mention Alan Shearer and other major opposing players in team talks but never with any fear. However, McManaman always had him in a sweat.
“And, to be fair, Steve was a fantastic footballer. Fergie’s thinking was always that if you took McManaman out of the game, you took Liverpool out.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
McManaman was a very good player for Liverpool between 1990-99. The winger was blessed with skill, pace and power. McManaman also possessed end product in his game.
The Scouser found the back of the net 66 times and registered 86 assists in 364 appearances for Liverpool. McManaman also won two major trophies with the Reds.
The forward went on to play for Real Madrid between 1999-2003. Only the best players get to represent the La Liga side.
McManaman had a fair career. Therefore, we are not surprised to hear that Ferguson did fear the Scouser back in the day.