Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that there were plenty of disappointed players on Wednesday night when they learned they would not be playing against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

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.”

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