Franz Beckenbauer reckons that the timing of the retirement of the former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was absolutely perfect.
Beckenbauer was talking to a British sports channel after the second leg of the Champions League quarter final tie between United and Bayern Munich and during that interview of his, he made this statement.
When he was asked to share his thoughts on the show put up by the Red Devils in the match, the German legend said, “Well, all I can say is that Sir Alex chose an absolutely perfect time to retire. He could not have chosen a better time I guess.”
Coming to the game, Beckenbauer hailed the tactical moves made by the Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.
The 68 years old former player who himself played for Bayern Munich for 13 years said, “I think replacing Gotze with Rafinha was a masterstroke by Pep. Gotze was not having a great time out there and thus, it’s very important to take him out at that point of time.”
“There was some shuffling done in the midfield too by Pep which made the difference.”
United lost the match by a profound margin of 1-3 and got knocked out of the competition. The first leg was ended in a 1-1 draw. So, Munich remained ahead by 4-2 on the aggregate and thus, made it to the semi final round.
The three players who found the back of the net for Munich during the second leg were Mario Mandzukic (59th minute), Thomas Muller (68th minute) and Arjen Robben (76th minute). On the other hand, for United, the only scorer was Patrice Evra who struck in the 57th minute.
In the semi final round, Bayern Munich will lock horns with the Spanish giants Real Madrid.