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Liverpool manager talks up Man Utd’s Champions League chances

| 27.05.2011

When you can boast three European Cup winners medals, you’re opinion on Europe’s premier club competition is widely regarded.

Kenny Dalglish may be the manager of Manchester United’s arch rivals, but the Liverpool manager believes Sir Alex Ferguson’s side should not be written off despite Barcelona’s 1/2 odds to lift the Champions League trophy.

Manchester United are 13/8 to lift the trophy on Saturday and 11/4 to win the match inside 90 minutes.

“They [Barcelona] will have to be stopped but they have been stopped,” said Dalglish. “I am sure Fergie has recognised some chinks in their armour but they are a fantastic team to watch.”

Barcelona are the 1/1 favourites to defeat Manchester United inside 90 minutes with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side the outsiders in both the ‘to win’ and ‘to lift the trophy’ betting markets.

Since winning the Premier League title at Blackburn a fortnight ago, Sir Alex Ferguson has been focused on one goal and that is avenging the 2009 Champions League final.

All the talk over the past few days is how Manchester United will set-up against Barcelona and with 3-4-3, 4-4-1-1, 4-5-1 formations touted across the media, nobody is really sure how Ferguson will set his side up.

This means Pep Guardiola will also be in for a surprise come Saturday evening and while the Barcelona manager will be telling his side to play the way they usually do, Ferguson’s choice of tactics will intrigue him.

One thing that is for certain is Edwin van der Sar will start in goals for the Premier League champions and the Dutchman is 12/5 to keep a clean sheet in his final ever game for Manchester United.

Keeping out a side that has scored 27 goals in the Champions League this season will be difficult but Manchester United have conceded just four goals in the Champions League this season.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.