Date: 30th April 2008 at 4:54pm
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Manchester United are in the Champions League final. That is clear and that is brilliant. But who do we want to play in Moscow?

Neither option is too desireable. Both are well-organised, frustratingly stubborn sides who are very difficult to beat. We know them well, just as they know us.

In terms of playing personnel, Chelsea have the edge, mainly due to their bench. Of the two managers, though Avram Grant’s doubters were silenced of late, Rafa Benitez holds the upper hand, especially as he’s got tons of experience in this competition.

There are some obvious things, too. It would be much, much, much sweeter to win against Liverpool – but it would be infinitely more terrible to lose it against them. Losing to Chelsea would be a major disappointment and a squandered opportunity – losing to Liverpool would be hell taking over the Earth.

Getting revenge on Chelsea for Saturday would be nice and there’s something else to it. We won our last four games against Liverpool – and I feel it would be stretching our luck if we expected to win again, though we are clearly the superior team. They’re bound to get lucky sooner or later and they get lucky more often in the Champions League than anyone else.

Chelsea are somewhat our bogey team but will they beat us in two successive cup finals? Shall we lose in such an unfortunate fashion we did on Saturday? We’re bound to get lucky… So my vote goes for Chelsea – they are in much the better position anyway.

But one thing is clear: I’ll enjoy watching this game in the knowledge that United are in the Final. It’s just too sweet.