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Man Utd work out how to stop Barcelona in Champions League

| 10.05.2011

Sir Alex Ferguson has already identified what Manchester United need to do to beat Barcelona in the Champions League final, but stopping Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta will prove easier said than done.

Manchester United are 13/8 in the Champions League odds to lift the trophy and despite still having two Premier League games remaining, all of their thoughts will now be on winning at Wembley on May 28th.

The Red Devils still need one point from their games at Blackburn and at home to Blackpool to guarantee the title, but Sir Alex is going to use these fixtures to work on some tactics to hopefully land a third Champions League victory.

He said: “Obviously, Barcelona is the big one now. What we have to do is find a solution to the Xavi-Messi-Iniesta problem. Everyone is searching for that because they are outstanding footballers.

“We’ll give every respect to Blackburn and Blackpool because they are local teams to us. We will make sure we don’t underestimate them.

“But the next few weeks we will be doing some work on Barcelona. All the tactical things in particular will be about that.”

The big conundrum facing Manchester United is which formation will give them the best chance of stopping Barcelona.

Sir Alex seems to have settled on picking two strikers of late, with both Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez starting in the crunch Premier League win over Chelsea.

However, four midfielders may not be enough to break up the Barcelona passing game and there is a possibility that Manchester United will learn something from Real Madrid and sacrifice a striker for an enforcer in the middle of the park.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.