So, do Manchester United have a chance against Barcelona?
As you were?
Two years ago The Spoiler was sat in a pub with seven friends (no, really) all of whom had a cheeky little punt on Manchester United to beat Barcelona in the final of the Champions League.
‘Can’t see Barca troubling them,’ they said. ‘I can see this being three-nil to United,’ they predicted. Well, they were wrong, Barca (the first 15 minutes aside) were far too good for United and won it.
Will it be even more convincing this time?
When Gordon Strachan wasn’t trying to avoid looking directly at Adrian Chiles, he spent the rest of his time on the ITV sofa last night saying how Barca were the best team he’s ever seen. United are out at around 12/5 with Ladbrokes and some other bookies to win in 90 minutes – that can’t have happened very often?
Sir Alex Ferguson is not getting too worried though and is even pilfering tips that worked so well for Jose Mourinho. Fergie said:
“I don’t think we should be going there lacking in confidence.
“We are playing a fantastic team but we can’t be frightened out of our skins. Their form is there for everyone to see. Our job is to find a solution.
“I speak to Mourinho quite a lot. I think we will depend on our own knowledge of Barcelona. It’s not as if we haven’t seen them before. We’ve watched them many times this season.
“But the experience Real Madrid have from Jose’s angle, you always take information from him like that because he is very helpful in that way.”
Anyway, the skinny is this – Barca are amazing, Man Utd less so.
One Man Utd fan at Spoiler HQ reckons they should just go out there and play how they normally play – they might get stuffed but if they can’t win playing that way, they sure as shite won’t win any other way.
But what does he know? What do you think? Does it even matter? Is it a foregone conclusion? Let us know with a comment below…