Friday, 26 February 2010
United v Villa..Carling Cup Final
Manchester United and Aston Villa head to Wembley on Sunday to contest the Carling Cup Final.
The Carling Cup has never really done 'it' for me, with the Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup taking more of a centre stage but in recent years this has changed. We have seen stronger starting line-ups by the bigger sides and spirited displays from the 'minnows' of english football. Also, no-one likes to lose in a final do they?
Both teams are breathtaking on the break with pace to burn. I'm guessing United will look to control the game in midfield as much as possible and look to get Rooney into the match from the off, however, if Villa manage to swing in their dangerous crosses, there could be a repeat of their 1-0 win at Old Trafford earlier this season.
All eyes are on Sir Alex's team selection. Will he stick with the United youth who got us to the final of this competition with the likes of Gibson and Da Silva or will experience be the key against a pacey Villa side? I say a mixture. Rafael must start ahead of Neville to be able to deal with Villa's pacey wingers, with Evra occupying the left flank. Gibson has been brilliant all season when he has played and deserves a place in the starting eleven alongside Paul Scholes, United legend. There is surely no doubt who will be leading the line for United at Wembley but uncertainty lies between the sticks...Tomasz Kuszczak is the man likely to get the call with a selection of Vidic, Evans or Brown playing in front of him.
Villa are a team i admire greatly to the dismay of my Bluenosed best mate, simply for the fact that they are English and play good football. The likes of Milner, Young and Agbonglahor are such exciting players to watch and will no doubt be causing our defence no end of trouble this weekend.