Ashley Young and Nani were particularly upset as neither of them made the bench, with Ryan Giggs the preferred substitute winger.
“There were a lot of disappointed players,” said Ferguson. “Nani and Ashley Young – international footballers – I found it hard to explain to them I was leaving them out. I explained to Chicharito that Robin van Persie is our main striker and we wanted someone to join in from a deeper position. Whenever Chicharito plays, he delivers. He has 14 goals, he will score more than 20 and will have opportunities.”