Although Man United lost the game, Sir Alex Ferguson has defended his decision to play with a young squad that won the Carling Cup last month and he believed that the team was the strongest available before heading to Wembley.
“Trying to deal with the tiredness after Wembley, especially after extra-time, was always going to be the issue,” Ferguson said.
“But there is enough freshness in the rest of the squad to be alright on Wednesday, that’s how we planned it.
“We’re coming to the period when it’s game after game after game, it’s all go now. Hopefully, I’ll pick the right teams and I can understand how there would be some criticism because it didn’t work for us yesterday.
“But I’m absolutely convinced I picked the right team. I’ve no regrets about it at all.”