Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has revealed that he regrets until today his decision to completely leave Ji-sung Park out of his team that defeated Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final.
United won the game 6-5 on penalties, after 1-1 in extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles with United and twice claimed the biggest prize in European football.
But he has disclosed that his decision to omit the South Korean from his team for the game still bothers him.
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The Scot after the game explained that he left the winger out due to selection headache when picking his squad for the encounter, despite the player starting both legs of the semi-final against Barcelona.
“To win the European Cup is fantastic,” Ferguson told MUTV.
“It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad. My problem in the 2008 final, maybe I even regret it to this day, was I left Ji-sung Park out completely in the final.
“He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals. At Wembley [in 2011] I did it to Dimitar Berbatov and he took it badly.
“He didn’t deserve it. No player deserves to be left out of the final. That’s why we try hard at these European seminars with the coaches to try to get 11 subs in the final.
“You’ve got four or five sitting in the stand who made fantastic contributions in getting there.”