FOOTBALL NEWS

27/05/2009 16:06, Report by Ben Hibbs

Giggs going for a hat-trick

Ryan Giggs is desperate to play in and win his third Champions League final.

The Welshman was integral in 1998/99’s triumph, and he came off the bench and scored a penalty in last season’s shoot-out success in Moscow.

He’s now being widely-tipped to join Michael Carrick and Anderson in a three-man central midfield in Rome, but he says there will be plenty of heartache when Sir Alex does announce his team.

“I want to be involved,” he told UEFA’s official final programme. “I’ve been involved in both finals – I started one and came off the bench in one, and playing in matches like this is the reason you become a footballer.

“The manager has a dilemma now because it always seems like everyone becomes fit when a final like this comes around. It was the same last year and he’s got 20 or 25 players to choose from.”

But Giggs says his team-mates in the United squad are professional enough to understand and handle the disappointment, if it should come their way.

“The manager has to pick a team to win the game and there will be people who were hoping to be on the bench who won’t even be involved, despite having played a part this year. That’s the downside of reaching a final – the manager has to let people know they’re not going to be in the squad. It’s unfortunate.

“He will have known his team four or five days ago, but I’d imagine the bench can change right up to the last minute, so he can make substitutions that will make an impact.”

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