When I’m writing this post, its probably less than 5 hours remaining to the final count down!
Finally the time’s up and it’s time to head to Wembley.
Oh by the way, did you know…AC Milan’s 4-0 victory against Barcelona in 1994 remains the biggest winning margin in a Champions League final? It was also the last time Barcelona played in a final at Wembley. A good omen for Reds fans? I’m badly hoping for so!!
Okay, I admit it: I’m getting nervous now. I also have no idea how United will line up or which players Sir Alex will pick. I suspect we’re in for a surprise, though. The way some of the players have been talking this week I believe the Reds have been working on a very specific game plan…and one that may be quite unusual or perhaps unproven. In Sir Alex we trust! Hoping foe some Glory tonight!
TVs are already showing thousands of Manchester United and Barcelona fans who are getting into the cup-final spirit despite the cloudy and blustery conditions The two sets of fans are laughing and joking together, always good to see that.And a damp weather only adds on to the beauty and makes all the setting picturesque.
Also this noon…at the final practice session Rooney, speaking exclusively to ManUtd.com, hailed Chicha’s 20-goal debut season at Old Trafford as “incredible” and isn’t ruling out another magical moment when United and Barcelona go head-to-head at Wembley.
He also said that it’s quite incredible and it wouldn’t surprise him if he ends up scoring the winning goal in the final to top it all off. Man…what a dream come true will it be if it happens!!
Rooney and Hernandez developed a formidable partnership this season, particularly during the second half of the season. And it’s a pairing that looks poised to bear even more fruit, as Rooney reveals they often spend time together after training, honing their attacking skills.
“Chicha’s a nice lad and he works very hard in training,” Rooney says. “We often stay out a bit longer and do a bit of finishing work together in order to try and improve. He’s always smiling and he wants to do well. He’s got a great future ahead of him.”
Should United boss Sir Alex Ferguson pick Hernandez in his starting XI – remember, nothing’s been confirmed yet, although the boss has hinted he will – Rooney says he’d relish the opportunity to play in the hole behind the Hernandez (fingers crossed on that).
Deploying Rooney behind Chicha would also require him to drop deeper when Barcelona have possession, something that tends to happen quite a lot when Barcelona take the field to play but that’s something Wayne says he’s more than happy to do.
In Barcelona, Manchester United come up against formidable opponents. The Catalan side were the architects of the Reds’ defeat in the 2009 Champions League final and yet Rooney remains confident about United’s chances at Wembley.
I know Barcelona are a brilliant attacking team, but as with all attacking teams if you attack them as well then there are going to be spaces to exploit. I’m sure the Reds will create opportunities.
Asked about the thoughts on the match, Rooney said, “We’ve watched the video back of the Rome final and seen clips where we’ve done well and created chances. We certainly took both positives and negatives out of that game – we’ve tried to work on those negatives and put them right.“We weren’t at our best in that game but we still created chances and had opportunities to score. We know that if we play well at Wembley then we’ll do the same this time.”
Let us not forget that possession is key to Barcelona’s success. They keep the ball superbly and probe patiently for openings. It’s an approach that’s undone many sides this season, although Rooney says United are familiar with the tactic.
Oh can’t miss out on mentioning this one-
Rooney: “It’s like that when we play Arsenal”. “Arsenal like to keep the ball a lot. In those instances it’s about how you close the spaces down”.
“If Barcelona have 70 per cent possession and most if it’s in their own half then that’s not going to worry us at all. In the last few years when we’ve played Arsenal they’ve probably ended games with more possession than us but we’ve won almost every match(everyone of us know how hopeless they are after all…lol). In these situations it’s about creating chances and taking them, which is what we’re looking at doing.”
And when it comes to taking chances, there are few better at the moment than Chicharito. Perhaps Wayne’s hunch will prove correct…
Glory Glory ManUnited!!
GO REDS GO!!
All the best Manchester United…We “BELIEVE”