Thursday, May 20, 1999 Published at 15:23 GMT
Manchester United player profiles
Raimond Van der Gouw
The reserve goalkeeper, signed from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, has not had much chance to impress since arriving at Old Trafford. Likely to continue in his role as No. 2 after Schmeichel's departure.
England's first choice right-back established himself as a fixture in the United side at the start of the 1994/5 season. Solid performances at centre-back may become of more relevance of Jaap Stam's injury is as serious as some say.
The younger of the two brothers and also an England international. Failed to make the England squad for France 98 and has not had the best seasons, failing to dislodge Denis Irwin at left-back. Future at the club remains secure.
Signed from local rivals Blackburn Rovers at the start of the 1997-8 season for £5m and vies for the second centre-back spot with fellow Norwegian Ronny Johnsen. Winner of a championship medal with Rovers, he can also play at right-back.
Another defender to move from Blackburn, in 1994 for £1.2m, May has yet to show the promise that was evident at Ewood Park. Recalled during recent matches because of injuries to Johnsen and Berg, but is considered a squad member.
The Republic of Ireland international is looking to end his ninth season at the club by collecting one of the few honours not already on his CV, the European Cup. Signed from Oldham in the summer of 1990 for under £1m, Irwin has made over 400 appearances for United and is also the regular penalty taker. A red card during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield rules him out of the FA Cup final.
An England international while still in his teens, the looks bright for Brown, who has made over 20 appearances for United during the season. Comfortable at right-back or centre back, he may still be considered lacking enough experience for the big night in Barcelona.
Like Johnsen, an unsung but hugely effective member of the side, Butt broke through during the 1994/5 season and is already considered a United veteran. His impressive form perhaps persuaded Ferguson to part with Paul Ince, and the central midfielder has a handful of England caps to his name. Major responsibility for him in Barcelona given the absence of Roy Keane.
Seldom can a player be considered a regular for his country and not for his club, but such is the predicament of Scholes. Averaging nearly a goal every other game for England, the Salford-born graduate of the youth team has found first team opportunities harder to grasp this season with the return of Keane to midfield and the purchase of Yorke. Is comfortable either as a central midfielder going forward or playing just behind the front two. Suspended from the European Cup Final.
This Swedish international, signed from Italian club Parma for £4.4m, first caught the attention of United fans when scoring against the Red Devils. The left-winger scored against the Old Trafford outfit during the 1994/5 Champions League while playing for Gothenburg. Injuries to Giggs have meant over 30 appearances for the player, whose pace and crossing ability have impressed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Signed from Norwegian Premier League side Molde in 1996 for £1.5m, the 'baby-faced assassin' is not the first choice striker for his side despite having scored 44 goals in just 100 games for his side. A boyhood Liverpool fan, it was his goal that knocked out the Merseysiders in dramatic style in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Despite interest from Spurs at the start of the season, the Norwegian international is determined to win a regular place at Old Trafford
Acquired in shocking circumstances from Newcastle and Kevin Keegan for £6.25m in January 1995, this England international has enjoyed good and bad times at Old Trafford. Loss of form and a broken leg hindered his progress in 1996, but the last two seasons have seen him near the top of the goalscoring charts, as he was when at Newcastle. Enjoys a great understanding with Yorke.