On the pitch: With Nemanja Vidic and Wayne Rooney out injured, Sir Alex Ferguson had to rejig his line-up. In defence, Owen Hargreaves came in at right-back while this season’s regular incumbent of that spot Wes Brown shuffled across to cover for Vidic alongside Rio Ferdinand. Up front, Rooney was ably replaced by Carlos Tevez up front. Thierry Henry was on the Barcelona bench - a mistake by Frank Rijkaard? Perhaps it was in hindsight as the former Arsenal striker made quite an impact when he came on in the second half. Barca captain Carles Puyol returned from suspension, replacing the suspended Rafa Marquez, and Deco started again after a run-out the previous weekend. Ronaldinho was injured and it was widely felt he had already played his last game for Barca.
Star man: Tevez embodied the spirit which saw United through by chasing every cause, hassling defenders and running his heart out for the Reds.
How United lined up: Van der Sar; Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Brown, Evra (Silvestre 90); Nani (Giggs