Champions League

Berba left out of United squad

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has left Dimitar Berbatov out of his squad for Saturday's Champions League final with Barcelona.

The Bulgarian, the club's top scorer this season, was expected to be amongst the substitutes at the very least, but Michael Owen has earned a place on the bench while Javier Hernandez will partner Wayne Rooney from the start.

Winger Nani and veteran Paul Scholes are Ferguson's other attacking options in reserve, but Bulgarian Berbatov's omission will come as a shock to fans.

The 30-year-old, a £30.75million signing from Tottenham in 2008, has notched 21 goals in all competitions this season.

However, due to the emergence of Hernandez, who will start against the Spaniards at Wembley, Berbatov has fallen down the forward pecking order.

With both sides seeking their fourth European Cup, Barcelona threw up a surprise of their own, leaving captain Carlos Puyol on the bench.

Barcelona team: Valdes, Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Villa, Messi, Pedro.

Subs: Oier, Puyol, Bojan, Keita, Afellay, Adriano Correia, Thiago.

Man Utd team: Van der Sar, Fabio Da Silva, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Hernandez.

Subs: Kuszczak, Owen, Anderson, Smalling, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher.

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