28/02/2010 00:14, Report by Nick Coppack in London
Boss determined to win
Almost 20 years after leading United to his first League Cup final, Sir Alex Ferguson still can't get over how that trip to Wembley ended.
Speaking to MUTV on the night before the 2010 Carling Cup final, the Reds boss recalled how, in 1991, a team from English football's second tier beat United to triumph at Wembley.
"I've lost three League Cup finals," he said. "The first time we lost to Sheffield Wednesday because I picked the wrong team. I went for a midfield that had never lost a game but I really should have played Mick Phelan in that match. We lost 1-0 to a goal from John Sheridan."
It's a match (and a managerial decision) that clearly still rankles Sir Alex and he admitted he's keen to avoid a similar sinking feeling when United meet Aston Villa on Sunday.
"Wembley’s a big occasion that you have to enjoy," he said. "And the best way to enjoy it is to win."
Of course, Sir Alex has used the Carling Cup competition in recent seasons to blood United's up-and-coming talent and give them valuable experience on the big stage. That policy changed somewhat in this season's semi-finals and now the Reds have reached the last hurdle, it's unlikely the boss will simply revert to youth.
One thing's certain, however: every player Sir Alex picks will do everything he can to ensure United's bulging trophy cabinet contains even more silverware come Sunday evening.
"There’s no doubt that when you go to Wembley and you approach the stadium and see your fans cheering you and urging you on that you realise how important it is. We want to win and all the players want to play in the final."