United 4 Real Madrid 3: A night to remember

Paul Garcia Manchester United FC


United were without the suspended Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, and Ferguson opted for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of Beckham on the right wing in a 4-3-3 formation. Youngsters Wes Brown and John O’Shea took the right and left-back slots, respectively, while Juan Veron, who had been injured, was the most advanced member of a three-man midfield behind striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Madrilenos offered a surprise start to Scouse emigre Steve McManaman, while Guti came in for legendary forward Raul, who was in hospital for an appendix operation. Alongside McManaman in attack were a handy trio of recent Ballon d’Or winners: Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo.

United: Barthez; Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, O’Shea;  Keane, Butt, Veron; Solskjaer, van Nistelrooy, Giggs.

Real Madrid:
Casillas; Salgado, Hierro, Helguera, Roberto Carlos; Makelele, Guti; Figo, Zidane, McManaman; Ronaldo.