Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United must gamble and risk!

Sir Alex Ferguson

Fergie lists traits that "must be part of the club" just hours ahead of David Moyes looking to engineer a result against football machine Bayern Munich.

One of Manchester United's greatest ever triumphs arrived against their Tuesday evening opposition Bayern Munich, 15 years ago, when they came from behind to score twice and secure an eleventh hour 2-1 victory on the grandest of stages - the Champions League final at Camp Nou in 1999.

Bayern appeared destined for the title that night as winger Mario Basler provided the Germans with a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the match and were ahead for another 84 minutes, until injury time, when Teddy Sheringham then Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer scored in the 91st and 93rd minutes, respectively, to win United a treble.

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed on the official website of UEFA that such a result could never have happened had it "gamble" and "risk" not been a part of Stretford culture - something he firmly embraced - and traits that paid dividends that night in Barcelona.

"I've always believed that it's part of Manchester United [that] if you're down with 15 minutes to go [then] gamble [and] risk - it's part of the club," said Sir Alex. "It's always worth risking."

With Juan Mata ineligible to compete for United in Europe due to his previous appearances in the same competition for erstwhile employer Chelsea, Shinji Kagawa may well take up the playmaking role behind Wayne Rooney, who could be flanked by Ashley Young and Danny Welbeck.

Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will likely be the starting duo in central midfield while Alex Buttner, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones and David de Gea complete the starting XI.

It may well be the strongest selection available to Moyes, but the stage is set for under-used assets such as Kagawa to prove to the coaching staff that he must feature more regularly - a big performance could well be set in the stars for Shinji as he has previously played Bayern four times and won every time, scoring one and setting up two in 316 combined minutes of competition.

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