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Sir Alex reveals why he chose Carrick to take 2008 Champions League final penalty

Date Posted,June 3, 2017

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed why he picked Michael Carrick to take a penalty in Manchester United’s 2008 Champions League final victory.

The Red Devils legend was speaking to ITV prior to Carrick’s testimonial and took us back to that famous night nine years ago in Moscow.

After goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard left the tie level after 90 minutes, the game went to extra time and then penalties.

Carrick took and scored United’s second penalty, ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Luis Nani.

Man United’s stars celebrate the moment they won the Champions League (Photo: Getty Images Contributor)
Carrick poses with his winner’s medal (Photo: Daily Mirror)

“I’ll tell you something about penalty kicks,” said Ferguson. “You have to look at players’ eyes to know how brave they are to take them.”

The former Red Devils boss then went to explain the two words that Carrick said that left him convinced: “He said [to me], ‘no problem’.

“He did it right. He whacked it.”

Carrick and co lift the trophy (Photo: Mirrorpix)

Reflecting on that night, Carrick said: “The Champions League final – that penalty shootout – the feeling that it brought me was a feeling I’ve never had before and will probably never get again.

“Best night of my life, that.”

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