Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed one of his biggest regrets over his time in charge of Manchester United.
Ferguson, the greatest football manager of all time, still harbours regret over his selection in the Champions League final against Chelsea in 2008.
Sir Alex could only selected seven substitutes for the final in Moscow which therefore meant several squad members had to miss out. He picks out one player who was particularly unlucky to miss out.
“My problem in the 2008 final, maybe I even regret it to this day, was I left Ji-sung Park out completely in the final,” Ferguson told MUTV as quoted by the Mirror.
“He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals.”
Of course, the omission of the energetic South Korean midfielder would not cost Ferguson his second success as Champions League boss.
United fans will remember John Terry’s slip and Edwin Van Der Saar’s penalty save to lift the club’s third European Cup.
Park went on to play in the 2009 and 2011 finals, but came unstuck on both occasions against a Barcelona side widely regarded as perhaps the best team ever boasting the likes of Xavi, Iniesta and Messi, all in their prime.
What United fans would do to get back to those glory days under Ferguson where there was an expectation rather than a hope to compete with Europe’s elite year upon year.
The Reds are currently so far off and it could take years for the club to get back challenging again for Champions League Glory.