When United play in the Carling Cup, David Stowell commentates on the action for MUTV. He spoke exclusively to ManUtd.com the night before the 2010 Carling Cup final...
How are you spending the night before the final?
Well, most of the hard work has already been done so it's just a case of looking over some last-minute stats and familiarising yourself with the opposition and previous encounters. I'm also having a think back to last year’s final because I’ll no doubt refer to that during Sunday’s commentary. You almost want to try and predict what might happen on the pitch so you can react in the best possible way.
What research was done earlier in the week?
MUTV produced a programme called Carling Cup: The Winners 2009, which showed extended highlights of not only last year’s final but the whole day, including pre and post-match interviews with players, coaches and fans. So that was handy. I also watched extended highlights of our recent matches against Villa and each of the games United played en route to the final – you never know when you’ll want to refer to something and you need to make sure you know what you’re talking about.
How would you sum up United’s road to Wembley?
Eventful! There have been clean sheets, red cards, a few cracking goals – Darron Gibson’s finishes against Tottenham were superb and, looking back to the fourth round, Michael Owen scored a great goal at Barnsley – and of course one of the best semi-final ties we’ve seen in a long time. Beating Manchester City in that second leg at Old Trafford was terrific – not only because it was City but because the win was achieved so late and they had no time to respond. It just goes to show that when you commentate on a match – especially United – you have to be ready for anything to happen.
Most weeks we hear you commentating on the Academy and Reserves matches. Wembley's a long way from the Trafford Training Centre or Moss Lane…
[laughs] That’s right. I always cheer United on but, I have to admit, even more so in the Carling Cup. From a purely selfish point of view, I want to commentate on a final at Wembley!