Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says midfielder Paul Scholes is guaranteed a place in the starting XI if they reach the Champions League final in Moscow.

Sir Bobby Charlton has gone on record to say Scholes is his favourite player of the Ferguson era and the manager has made it clear that while he will always pick the right team for United, the prospect of reaching the final in Moscow this year and Scholes not getting any action is unthinkable.

"I'm not a sentimentalist," he said. "My job is to manage the club. But I would be sentimental on Scholes. Oh, yeah. 'Unlike Keane, it has been forgotten a little bit that Scholes missed the final in Barcelona as well.

"It must have had an impact for a player of his calibre and record in football to miss the biggest club game in the world. He's not the type to talk about it and he hasn't let the disappointment destroy him. Hopefully if we get to the Champions League final this year, it will be his opportunity to make up for 1999.

"Scholes has just come back from an injury but he has been absolutely flying in training and there is plenty left in him."