UCL Final Countdown - 4 Days To Go

With four more days to Moscow, Fergie comes up with more mid games. I hope Grant isn't foolish enough like Benitez to fall into this trap of mind games. Fergie says United are more relaxed preparing for the final and they are going to Moscow as the best team in England. Well, Mike Dean and Steve Bennett would certainly agree.

Paul Scholes will start on Wednesday after missing out on the final in 1999 due to suspension. Ryan Giggs has come up with a statement saying Scholes deserves his place. Will Giggs, who equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s United appearance record in the Wigan match be able to beat the record in Moscow is a different question. Louis Saha, the French striker, admitted last night that his injury problems could force Sir Alex Ferguson to replace him after the Champions League final. He believes this final might be his last match in red and white.

Grant has time till May28 to explain his remarks about Steve Bennett. Grant talked in the press conference last day about how effective his substitutions have been lately. He believes he has proved to the Chelsea fans that he is the master of the tactical substitution. Will he get his team selection and substitutions right in Moscow? That might be vital to his survival in Stamford Bridge as Goal.com reports that Grant has received an ultimatum regarding this from Roman.

Russia, who hosts the final is doing everything to prevent Manchester-style-chaos in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia's minister of sport has promised an unprecedented police presence, a ban on public drinking and the absence of outdoor TV screens to keep order when more than 42,000 Chelsea and Manchester United supporters descend on Moscow for the Champions League final. The match ticket doubles as a visa in Russia from May 17 to 25. But there are no large screens outside the stadium for ticket less fans, and they will have to watch matches from pubs and cafes which they will tend to do even otherwise because alcohol consumption publicly is banned by law in Russia.