Manchester United will have to beat Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley next month, if only to prevent Edwin van der Sar fending off more questions about his impending retirement.
The veteran Dutchman helped book the perfect retirement party on Wednesday, with Van der Sar's final game now due to involve facing the Catalans for the greatest club prize in the game.
There could not be a better way to bow out. But with the chance of victory comes the prospect of defeat, which is not quite as palatable.
"If we win it will be a nice way to finish, otherwise I will have to keep on going," laughed the 40-year-old, who has no intention of reversing his decision to stand down, a move Sir Alex Ferguson backed earlier this week.
"You have to work hard in life to get to things and that is what we have done as a team this season."