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Five Reasons Why United Will Win The Final

Five Reasons Why United Will Win The Final

I must admit that writing this one gives me a lot more enjoyment than writing about Barcelona's chances. Who would have thought that, eh? So, what hopes do we have ahead of tomorrow's final?

1. Barcelona's defence.

The most obvious weak link. Last season's fourth choice United centre-back is now the main man in Barca's back four. His partner will be a midfielder; on the left Guardiola will deploy either a 36-year old or a defensive midfielder who never started a game at full-back during his career. On the right side there will be captain Carles Puyol - a player who looked desperately error-prone throughout the last few months.

2. Iniesta and Henry are not fully fit.

The Xavi-Iniesta-Henry-Eto'o-Messi front five is intimidating - but it is still not certain that Iniesta and Henry will recover in time to start and even if they do they will be far from full fitness. Hopefully they'll be pale shadows of themselves.

3. Set pieces.

Oh yes. Barcelona do not really like them: every corner or free-kick around the box represent a chance for Vidic, Ferdinand, Ronaldo and co. to use their height and heading ability, taking advantage of Barcelona's suspect marking. And it's less risky to foul their attackers in dangerous areas than one would think as generally, their set piece variations have been awful this season.

4. United's speed on the break.

I lamented our attacking problems this season but in full flight we are still unstoppable. Fergie's front three is likely to be made up of Rooney, Ronaldo and Park which gives us pace and hard work in equal measure. Aided by the thrusts of Giggs we should be able to threaten Barcelona - but only if we'll be as sharp and incisive as against Arsenal over the two legs of the semi-final.

5. Physicality and psychology.

They don't like it up 'em, as the old adage goes. And this is absolutely clear to see when Barcelona play English teams these days: their neat, pretty triangles usually simply bounce of the wall and they regularly come off worse in 50/50 challenges. It was the same in last season's semi-final and it was the same this season against Chelsea. Whatever they say about their team spirit, United have a psychological as well as a physical advantage.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Tuesday May 26 2009
Time: 4:01PM

Comments

0
If Ferdinand plays it should be a united win.
denno4
26/05/2009 16:05:00
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That's overly simplistic. Barca are capable of winning no matter who United put out. United's chances of winning are greater with a fit Ferdinand...
Phartman87
26/05/2009 16:14:00
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Rio will definately be key to have fit.
Paulinho
26/05/2009 20:52:00
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I can give you one reason and thats enough; Barca can't play english teams! Both Man u Chelsea an pool would have beaten Barca.. This should be an easy win for u lot.. Barca doesn't disurve to win CL.. neither do man u but you gonna win it!
Rune3k
26/05/2009 22:05:00
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Barcelona have an incredible attack, but as everyone saw, they can be contained. Chelsea managed for 180+ minutes and were the better team in the second leg. Being a jaded Chelsea supporter I probably won't even bother watching, but I do expect a United win. You've got the more balanced team. Speed, good technical skill, strong tactical intelligence--all the things Barca have got--but they lack the power and directness that comes easily to you. Provided you don't let them rattle you early, Barca won't win.
RadioactiveD
26/05/2009 23:06:00
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Really looking forward to the parade. Booked the day off work and everything.
fifthcolumnblue
27/05/2009 21:41:00
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1 reason why you wont win coz u didnt 2-0 barca
lathamwafc
27/05/2009 21:50:00
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lol 5 reasons bit optimistic looking back now egg on ur face
123spurs
27/05/2009 21:52:00
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fifthcolumnblue hehe... hahaha - omg - you mean you're going to Barcelona for the parade ? Well you're a very good sport for doing that. I guess you'll avoid being laughed at at work though...
Englishman-in-NY
27/05/2009 21:52:00
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As funny a game as I have seen in years. Evra's promise to mark Messi out of the game was hilarious (as was his boast he was the best left back in the world). Still laughing about it all and its nearly 11pm!!
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