The former United manager -- who was born in Govan, Glasgow -- admitted that the club should not have tempted fate by checking out hotels beforehand.
ESPN FC's club and national correspondents run down the players who may consider themselves unfortunate not to be in the running.
After a stellar year full of personal bests, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top contenders to take home the coveted award.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to resume their annual battle for the Ballon d'Or after both were named in the list of 30 nominees.
New UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday that he would revive an open bidding process for the right to host the match.
There are few things more exhilarating in football than a last-minute winner, especially after an enthralling game like Barcelona's trip to Valencia.