Wenger admits sympathy for United

Last updated : 21 May 2005 By Chris Parry
He said:

"It is bad for people who lose like that. United had their opportunities but couldn't take them. It's not revenge. Both teams went for the trophy and United played really well. We were just that little bit better in the penalties.

"We were fortunate not to concede in the second-half because United created three or four great chances. We didn't create enough going forward. I felt we switched off a bit after the Everton game and it was difficult to switch on today. We won it with our mental strength and resilience rather than with our usual style."

He also talked about the change in tactics which saw Bergkamp playing as a lone striker in an attempt to combat United's effective midfield, saying:

"We had to be cautious because we had limited attacking possibilities. I thought Bergkamp could hold the ball up well and get support from Reyes and in the first-half I think it worked quite well. But it's about going back home with the trophy, even though we know we can play better."