Manchester United and Chelsea have set off for Moscow ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League final. The sides are due to land at 10pm Russian time (or 7pm BST), and will have their first training sessions on Tuesday.
Sir Alex has taken a squad of 24 players with him, and says he has picked a starting lineup, but picking the substitutes has proven to be difficult:
“I know my team, but picking the substitutes is the big problem. I’m not going to enjoy it, there will be some very good players left out.
I hope one day they extend the substitutes’ bench to 11 players as they do in World Cup games. The dilemma should be taken from me.”
Ferguson certainly has a point, being faced with the difficult task of choosing 7 subsitutes from a possible 13; having so many players to pick has its disadvantages too, it would appear.
Meanwhile for Chelsea, worries over John Terry and Didier Drogba have eased and the pair are likely to play, meaning both sides have fully-fit squads ahead of the final.
But United’s more youthful squad will have the experience of Ferguson, who’s already been through a European final, of course.
Travelling United squad:
Goalkeepers: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Heaton
Defenders: Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Brown, Neville, O’Shea, Silvestre, Pique
Midfielders: Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Hargreaves, Anderson, Fletcher, Park, Nani
Forwards: Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez, Saha, Wellbeck