Now Roberto Mancini is tapping into that Spanish flair with Silva tearing Premier League defences apart.
For all the attacking flair the Premier League leaders have shown this season, they will need their chief enforcer's muscle on Saturday particularly with Steven Gerrard expected to return for Kenny Dalglish's side.
But first on the agenda is Liverpool and very different type of opposition.
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Ferguson is also hoping that Cleverley will return from the foot injury he sustained against Bolton last month, but the England international may find himself on the bench with the battle in midfield set to be a key area in arguably United's biggest test of the season so far.
But his more immediate concern is to get him straight for the lunchtime clash with Liverpool, having become Ferguson's lucky charm when going head to head with Nike Air Max Classic Bw Persian Violet Og
The playmaker is his country's answer to Messi and even the Argentine World Footballer of the Year would have been proud of his performance against Scotland.
squad capable of challenging United all the way in the race for the title.
Ferguson has made it clear he wants to rise to the challenge set by Barca after admitting his side were given a hiding in last season's chastening 3 1 Champions League final defeat at Wembley.
Without a recognised ball winner, Ferguson's men simply could not get near the brilliance of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
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On both occasions Fletcher watched from the sidelines but on Tuesday, he got the chance to see up close and personal the skills that have led to Barca's European dominance in recent years and Spain's rule on the international stage.
He may not be surrounded by Xavi, Iniesta and David Villa at the Etihad Stadium but in the outstanding Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure, Mancini has put together a Nike Air Max For Ladies
For Fletcher it was a telling reminder of the two greatest obstacles standing in the way of United's Premier League and Champions League challenge this season coming face to face with many of Pep Guardiola's brilliant Barcelona side, as well as the driving force behind title chasing City in David Silva.
Fletcher can attest to that after seeing Silva pick apart his countrymen.
After the silk of Silva and Spain, Fletcher must stand up to the steel of Kenny's Kop.
He has set about that by filling his squad with exciting young talent in the form of Cleverley, Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck. But Silva's continuing brilliance in his second season in this country is evidence of the threat closer to home for United.
their Merseyside rivals.
His absence against Barcelona in the Champions League finals of 2009 and last season, through suspension and illness respectively, were seen as critical to United's defeats on both occasions.
The United manager accused his side of being outfought by the Kop in March in a defeat that threatened to derail their hopes of a record 19th title.
Fletcher was also absent when United were rolled over 2 1 away to Liverpool in September 2008.
Fletcher has established himself as United's big game player, being their most imposing figure in the centre of the park.
The 28 year old may find his place coming under increasing pressure with the emergence of Tom Cleverley and Anderson this season but it is in these type of games that he has proved vital Nike Air Max Denim Trainers
He makes a habit of discussing football from around the globe with Ferguson and the two are sure to discuss Scotland's failings this week particularly with United set to go head to head with Silva later this month.
They were similarly out muscled in a 2 0 defeat at Anfield in October 2009 and blown away in Nike Air Max 90 Vt Mens Shoe the 4 1 humbling at Old Trafford in March of that year.
Scoring twice in the first half, he was the chief architect as Spain destroyed the Scots' slim hopes of crashing the party at next summer's Euros.
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