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Champions League Final Preview: Manchester United v Chelsea

It has been dubbed as the biggest game in English football’s 130-year history, Manchester United versus Chelsea in the Champions League Final.

It is Chelsea’s first Champions League final, and United are looking for their second Champions League title – second Premier and Champions League double in fact – in nine years.

The Blues are sweating on the fitness on Ashley Cole following Claude Makelele’s shocking two-footed lunge in training (doesn’t look like anyone likes the former Arsenal man).

John Terry is expected to play despite dislocating his elbow in the Premier League clash against Bolton. Ricardo Carvalho and Didier Drogba are also expected to both be fit after recovering from back and knee problems respectively.

Nemanja Vidic sat out United’s final training session but Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he will play; as will Paul Scholes, who missed out on the 1999 final through suspension.

The biggest selection headache for Ferguson is who to leave out of his squad for the club’s biggest game in years

Final Premier League Positions: Man Utd 1st, Chelsea 2nd.

Champions League/European Cup Victories: Man Utd – 2, Chelsea – 0.

My Prediction: United have undoubtedly been the best team in England (and probably Europe) this season. They play the better football, have more home-grown players, came out on top in the poll but dammit it’s United. I’m torn. Manchester United to win in extra-time.


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