Alex Ferguson admits there's still one decision he made for the 2008 UCL final he regrets

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June 2, 2017, is a date Manchester United fans will want to mark down on their calendars.

The season will be over but Old Trafford will open its gates for a special occasion in honour of Michael Carrick's service to the club.

After nearly 11 years with the Red Devils, Carrick has been awarded a testimonial which will see the Champions League-winning side of 2008 reunited to take on an All-Star XI.

As if the thought of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs returning to the Theatre of Dreams wasn't mouth-watering enough, Sir Alex Ferguson will also be coming back to take charge of the Man United team.

Marking nearly a decade since their famous victory over Chelsea in Moscow, the former United boss has been reflecting on their triumph and his second European title.

Surprisingly, Ferguson isn't completely satisfied with how the final played out and revealed his one regret from the penalty shootout win.

Park Ji-sung was Fergie's go-to guy in the big matches. If a job needed doing, the South Korean was the man to do it.

The versatile midfielder had been a regular starter throughout the competition that year - playing in both legs of the quarter-final and semi-final - but missed out on playing in the final.

And Ferguson still rues not being able to find a place for him in the 18-man squad.

"Well, to win the European Cup is fantastic," the 75-year-old said, as per Man Utd's official website.

"It was a really great bunch of players with a great attitude about them and a good, strong squad.

"My problem in the 2008 final, maybe I even regret it to this day, was I left Ji-sung Park out completely in the final. He’d played such a great role and that’s the problem when you get to these finals."

"At Wembley [against Barcelona two years later], I did it to Dimitar Berbatov and he took it badly. He didn’t deserve it.

"No player deserves to be left out of the final. That’s why we try hard at these European seminars with the coaches to try to get 11 subs in the final."

Ferguson's comments almost 10 years after the event just prove how highly he regarded Park as a player.

Usually, not much thought is given to the unfortunate few who don't make the cut for a major final but it was a decision that Ferguson always found difficult to make.

He added: "You’ve got four or five sitting in the stand who made fantastic contributions in getting there. You start the tournament in September and go through to May and changes can happen.

"Maybe you sign a player in January, for instance, who can end up playing in the final. It’s a difficult part, always, picking a team for the final in Moscow and I had to make that horrible decision."

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