Champions League: Manchester United set up first all-English final
MANCHESTER: Manchester United set up the first all-English final in the history of the European club championship by beating FC Barcelona1-0 behind Paul Scholes' goal in the 14th minute.
After winning the two-leg semifinal 1-0 on aggregate, Manchester will meet Chelsea or Liverpool in the final on May 21 at Moscow.
Chelsea hosts Liverpool on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge after gaining a 1-1 draw at Anfield last week.
A 33-year-old midfielder easily visible because of his red hair, Scholes beat goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a 25-meter shot after a giveaway by Gianluca Zambrotta. That put Manchester United in its first Champions League final since 1999.
Scholes missed that 1999 final, a victory over Bayern Munich, because of a suspension.
United, which also won the title in 1968, extended its home winning streak in Champions League play to 12 games. United also is closing in on its second straight Premier League title. With two matches left, it is tied with Chelsea at 81 points but ahead on goal difference.
Barcelona, struggling in recent weeks, has been held scoreless infour straight matches in all competitions.
Barcelona, in an effort to find an elusive tying goal, brought on Thierry Henry in the 60th minute and 17-year-old Bojan Krkic in the72nd. Henry had a good chance on a header off a corner kick, but it went directly to goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.