Boss' ultimate headache
Sir Alex Ferguson admits he has no choice but to disappoint several of his players as he mulls his team selection for Saturday's Champions League final.
The Reds currently have no injury concerns ahead of the Wembley showpiece against Barcelona, meaning the Boss has a selection headache over not only his starting line-up, but also his substitutes.
"It's not easy because you're dealing with the human side of the game," Sir Alex told a packed press conference at Carrington. "Players have worked hard all season, and it's been a squad game for us this year. It can't be easy.
"Unfortunately one person has to tell them and that's me. It's not an easy job but we have to win the game; they all understand that. They've all contributed and that doesn't make it easy for me. I hope I pick the right team and the right substitutes."
Pep Guardiola's side are the much-fancied favourites to overturn United at Wembley, but Sir Alex is confident that, with the resources at his disposal, he can mastermind the Reds' fourth reign as kings of Europe.
"We've played against Barcelona three times and there's always a solution to every good player," he said. "We hope we can find a solution for Lionel Messi on Saturday. You also have to recognise they have other good players and we have other good players. That's why it's such a thrilling game on Saturday.
"We'll find a solution to the game. It's about what's best for us; what's the best way for us to win the match. It will be down to how we operate in the attacking part. I'm sure barcelona are aware of the threats we have. We have to rely on our players to perform. I think we're ready and we've prepared very well."