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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the one regret he had as manager of the club.
The former United boss, who won countless honours at Old Trafford including the 2008 Champions League, revealed that it was leaving Ji Sung Park out of that particular game that he regrets.
Park was renowned for being a player that Ferguson called upon regularly in big matches. However, his struggle with injuries that season, meant that he was omitted from the 18-man squad that won the tournament in Moscow that night.
Ferguson said: “To win the European Cup is fantastic. It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad.
“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. He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals.’
“At Wembley [in 2011] I did it to Dimitar Berbatov and he took it badly. He didn’t deserve it. No player deserves to be left out of the final.”
Ferguson also suggested that teams should be able to name 11 substitutes in finals by saying: “That’s why we try hard at these European seminars with the coaches to try to get 11 subs in the final. You’ve got four or five sitting in the stand who made fantastic contributions in getting there.”
By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10