Final hard to call – Ferguson

Manchester United find themselves in the rare position of being
underdogs for Saturday’s Wembley showpiece, even though they have
just claimed a record 19th title. However, with memories of the
one-sided encounter in Rome two years ago when the Catalans eased
to victory, it is Barca who are expected to win. “There is no
advantage,” declared Ferguson. “It doesn’t matter. We don’t decide
those things. I know my players will be ready.” Ferguson believes
concentration will be the key to an improved outcome. He prefers to
dwell on the two meetings with Barcelona in the 2008 semi-final,
when United were able to keep a pair of clean sheets, as the
template his side must work towards. “We showed fantastic
concentration in those two ties,” said Ferguson. “That is the key
for us. It is an important issue in terms of Saturday.” Ferguson,
whilst recognising Lionel Messi’s brilliance, is refusing to single
out the Argentina star for special attention. “We have played
against Barcelona three times with Messi in the team,” he said.
“But there is always a solution to every good player. Hopefully we
can find one on Saturday. “They have other good players though, and
so do we. That is why it is such an appealing game. “I am sure
Barcelona are aware of that.” Ferguson was asked about the
importance of Ryan Giggs to his team. However, it was immediately
obvious the United boss was not interested in discussing the
Welshman, who was named in the House of Commons yesterday as the
person at the centre of a privacy case. “All the players are
important to us,” he said. Asked about his relationship with the
Glazer family, Ferguson replied: “There has never been any problem
for me. “They let me get on with my job as the manager and that is
all you can ask for.” United’s meeting with Barcelona will be the
third Champions League final they have featured in since the
Glazers took control of the club.