The biggest game of the season is finally here -almost- and the speculation as to who Sir Alex will pick to face Real Madrid has been running rife ever since the final whistle in the first leg.
At the Bernabeu Sir Alex Ferguson sprang a couple of surprises, mainly by playing Danny Welbeck and Shinji Kagawa who many believed would both be on the bench. The United’s boss’s tactics worked perfectly and it’s testament to his genius that many Reds actually felt disappointed to be coming away with a draw.
This time round it’s different as rather than the focus being on United getting a goal, it’s more about preventing Madrid getting one, although I don’t think anyone expects United to play for a nil-nil.
The main loss is Phil Jones who’s already been ruled out although there’s still doubts over Danny Welbeck who suffered a slight knock on Saturday.
Despite Shinji Kagawa’s hat-trick it wouldn’t be a total surprise if he wasn’t in the starting line up as Sir Alex may decide to shuffle his pack.
Sir Alex has confessed he’s not sure who will be his centre back pairing and all we can do is guess, so here’s my stab at naming the first team for tonight’s epic encounter.
United line-up: DDG, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney, Nani, Danny Welbeck, RVP.