After Scholes, Giggs and Rooney survived 30 minutes of Gary Neville’s testimonial on Tuesday evening, all eyes are now firmly fixed on the arch of Wembley as the Champions League final creeps ever closer. The build up to the game has been slowly increasing in momentum and anticipation is reaching fever pitch. Barcelona decided to fly in to England early to avoid the impending ash cloud from Iceland and Arsenal have let bygones be bygones and allowed Barcelona to use their training facilities in preparation for Saturday. What happened the last time Manchester United played a European Cup final in Wembley in 1968? We thrashed a Eusebio led Benfica 4-1 after extra time to lift our first European Cup and will be looking to make it 2 out of 2 European finals at Wembley this Saturday.
I think that the defensive work from Valencia and Park will be absolutely crucial on Saturday if they both start. Barcelona are the best at passing and also at re-gaining possession, which is a fierce combination. United will have to run their socks off and challenge them whilst they are in possession if we want any chance of getting a foothold in the game. Barcelona have not been scoring as freely in recent games and I firmly think that if we can get an early goal, we will be able to control the game from the back and slow the tempo down and frustrate them. This is where the importance of Hernandez is paramount.