The Fletcher Euro question

Fletcher red card. Arsenal v Manchester United - UEFA Champions League Semi Final

When Manchester United lost to Barcelona in the Champions League final two years ago defeat broke thousands of hearts. After all, not only was Sir Alex Ferguson’s side trying to defend Europe’s premier trophy but began the game as favourites. Outclassed by a team now widely regarded as one of the finest in the game’s […]

Poll: will United beat Barcelona?

Manchester United V Barcelona 2009

Manchester United’s progression to the Champions League final, to be held at Wembley on 28 May, has surprised many; perhaps even some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s players. Despite the relative lack of ‘stardust’ in the United squad, in a season of turmoil surrounding star player Wayne Rooney, United has exceeded many expectations, including those of […]

Time to think required after demoralising Euro loss

Barcelona

The morning after the night before is never pretty. And for Manchester United’s team, waking up to the realisation of European Cup Final defeat, it must have been a particularly sobering dawn. More so for the genuine belief amongst players, fans and staff coming into the match that United were favourites to win a fourth […]

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Champions League final: key battles

Champions League Final

Top matches are decided in the details. Forget tactics and coaching – it will be the one-on-one battles that will decide the Champions League final this coming Wednesday. Win most of these and United take home the cup once again. Lionel Messi versus Patrice Evra Messi is the planet’s most in-form player, with 37 goals […]

Champions League final 2009: preview

Champions League Final

United take on Barcelona in this year’s Champions League final in what many are billing the ‘dream final’. Europe’s two best sides meet this Wednesday in Rome with United chasing their fourth European Cup win, potentially a second in succession. With world-class talent on display in both teams, and a commitment to attractive, attacking football, […]

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Barça’s injury worries mount to leave United favourites

Barcelona versus Manchester United

United will head into the May 27 Champions League final clash agasint Barcelona as favourites after the Catalan club suffered yet more injuries over the weekend. Already facing the match without defensive quartet Éric Abidal, Dani Alves, Gabriel Milito and Rafael Márquez, Barcelona now also face a potential crisis in midfield and attack.