Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed he was confident of Manchester United winning the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea because then Chelsea boss Avram Grant was no match for Alex Ferguson.
“It was kind of strange going to Moscow – everything was different,” Scholes told DAZN.
“The time difference meant we were kicking off at quarter to ten at night and it was just the longest day in the history waiting for that game.
“I don’t know why but for a couple of days I just kept thinking about the manager and it’s wrong really it’s nothing to do with the game itself but I just couldn’t see how Avram Grant could beat Alex Ferguson.
“Without even thinking about the game or the football, which is obviously the most important thing because any team or any manager can beat Alex Ferguson – of course they can – but for some reason that day I always felt we’d win it.”
United took the lead in Russia when Cristiano Ronald headed in a Wes Brown cross, but Chelsea drew level via Frank Lampard goal.
Both sides had chances to win the game in both normal time and extra-time, we won on penalties after Blues legend John Terry and striker Nicolas Anelka missed from the spot.
“It’s never nice watching penalties,” continued Scholes, who had been subbed before the shootout.
“I was confident in our lads, confident in our keeper but when John Terry stepped forward I expected him to score.
“Unfortunately for him he slipped and fortunately for us Edwin went on to save Anelka’s penalty as well. I always felt he’d win it for us.”