I want us to win tomorrow. I want us to lift as many trophies as we possibly can this season. I want the younger players in our squad to get a taste of success like they did in 2006, following the barren year of 2005. I want Tevez to score. I want Welbeck to score. I want Nani to have a good game. I want Gibson to prove me wrong. I want Foster to play a blinder.

Essentially though, I want to keep the Premiership crown in Manchester, I want us to have a really good crack at the Champions League, and I fancy a return visit to Wembley in the FA Cup. Those are the things I really want, the things that are in the back of my head when I’m walking to the ground on the match day or sat in the boozer having a footie discussion with the lads.

I’d rather win the League Cup than lose it and now we’re in the final, of course I’d be disappointed to see us lose. But we’re not going to lose any sleep over it. The manager agrees.

“The League Cup is a bonus,” said Ferguson. “We did not plan to be in the final, that is why we played young players from the start. We thought we would get a good run to the quarters or semis and see what they are made of. But they progressed well and we got home draws, which always helps.”

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