Juventus v Manchester United: 1999 Champions League semi-final – live!


There’s no Ryan Giggs, not even on the bench. Ferguson has decided to keep United’s width and replace him with Jesper Blomqvist rather than Paul Scholes. That’s one of two changes fron the first leg. The other was widely predicted: Nicky Butt replaces Scholes in central midfield, where United were outnumbered in the first half at Old Trafford.

Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole return to the starting line-up after being on the bench or in the stands for the last two games. They haven’t scored in over a month, and Yorke in particular had a beast in the first leg, but Ferguson was always likely to trust them in such a big game. They’ve scored 10 between them in this season’s competition, the same as the entire Juventus squad.

Juventus also make two changes from the first leg. Ciro Ferrara replaces Paolo Montero, who is only on the bench. That must be because of injury. The suspended right-back Zoran Mirkovic is replaced by Alessandro Birindelli at right-back.

The young French winger Thierry Henry, who scored twice at Lazio on Saturday, is cup tied. Juventus have stuck to the same 4-4-1-1 formation that was so effective at Old Trafford, with Zidane playing behind Filippo Inzaghi.

Juventus (4-4-1-1) Peruzzi; Birindelli, Ferrara, Iuliano, Pessotto; Conte, Deschamps, Davids, Di Livio; Zidane; Inzaghi.
Substitutes: Rampulla, Montero, Fonseca, Amoruso, Tudor, Tacchinardi, Esnaider.

Manchester United (4-4-2) Schmeichel; G Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Irwin; Beckham, Keane, Butt, Blomqvist; Cole, Yorke.
Substitutes: Van Der Gouw, May, P Neville, Brown, Scholes, Solskjaer, Sheringham.

Referee Urs Meier.

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