We'll have your lineup for Manchester United in their UEFA Champions League match against Chelsea in a couple of paragraphs, but I have to rant. Before I go on a rant, I need to make sure something is abundantly clear: Alex Ferguson knows more about football than I do. I am well aware of this fact. He is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and I am a guy who writes about football from his apartment. My apartment building has over 100 units and it is not a dump. Alex Ferguson could probably buy my apartment building because he has made that much money from being excellent at managing football clubs.
Now that we have that sorted, I'm not exactly sure what he's thinking with his team selection today. It looks very similar to the one he played last week, which was generally outplayed despite the fact that his team won. Let's take a look.
Manchester United lineup (4-4-2): Van Der Sar; Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, O'Shea; Park, Giggs, Carrick, Nani; Rooney, Hernandez
Antonio Valencia is not in this team, and I can only hope that means that Nani is playing on the right and Park Ji-Sung is on the left. Because if there isn't an attacking player on the right to pin back Ashley Cole...oh boy. Also, why Chicharito? He was ineffective in the first game and Chelsea should be able to dominate possession against this setup, even though Rooney will drop back into midfield. This lineup seems to simply bank on Chelsea being stupd and/or Torres inexplicably continuing to be useless. Chelsea will dominate possession against this team. I really don't get it at all.