It is important that we put the tie to bed for now. The biggest game of the league season now looms and even without Wayne Rooney, I am confident that we can secure another famous victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford.
United always play well under pressure and Sir Alex has made a career out of proving people wrong. Rooney is our talisman, yes, but we are not a one-man team and we have quality throughout the squad. How many other teams could call on a £30m striker as back-up?
Now we know Wayne's out, I'd imagine the manager would stick with the 4-5-1 formation with Berbatov as a lone striker. The goalkeeper and defence pretty much pick themselves with Van Der Sar, Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra all included. However I would imagine Rafael would replace Neville at right-back following the skipper's recent exertions at home and abroad. In midfield, I'd have Giggs and Valencia on the flanks with Fletch and Carrick anchoring. Finally I would put Park in the centre behind Berba. His energy could help us exploit the space created by Berba’s movement.
The Reds will need to play a lot better than they did against Bayern, and no doubt they were down after that defeat. A crunch match with Chelsea is maybe just what they need to get the blood pumping again.