Alex Ferguson: Manchester United Are Not Afraid of Barcelona

Peter CarrollContributor IIIMarch 18, 2011

WIGAN, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the DW Stadium on February 26, 2011 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Alex Ferguson is sure Manchester United will not freeze at the possibility of playing Barcelona, ahead of today's Champions League draw.

After the draw, the map to the final will be sketched out. Teams will know who they'll face in the quarterfinals and which two teams they might face in the semifinals.

Along with United, two other Premier League teams will watch the draw intently, with Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea and Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur still in contention for the biggest prize in club football.

Redknapp was joined by his centre half, William Gallas, in showing his reluctance toward a possible tie with the Catalan giants.

"Barcelona are the team you don't want to play. They made a side like Arsenal, who in our league pass teams to death, almost look out of their depth. I thought Barcelona's performance was one of the finest I have ever seen. They were simply amazing," said the Spur boss after Barcelona's fine possession/passing display against their North London counter parts.

"It is not good tactics to go into how good Barcelona are and show a trepidation or apprehension about it," said Ferguson, "I don't think that is our way. You have to face every hurdle as it comes along."

Ferguson's side have faced Barcelona in two pivotal matches in the Champions League in 2008 and 2009.  The Scot draws confidence from those experiences, despite to losing to Spanish Champions in the 2009 final in Rome.

"We have the experience of playing Barcelona recently. We knocked them out in the semifinal and then lost the final to them in Rome the following year," said Ferguson.

The legendary Old Trafford manager also claimed that he will prepare for any team in the same way, not making any special cases for any team.

"As soon as the draw is made, you are into your file on them to build up your knowledge. Everyone will get the same attention from me."