UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona vs. Manchester United Predictions
I'll give you a hint: There's not very many Manchester United believers out there (outside of Manchester, of course).
No matter how impressive perhaps England's most famous team in Manchester United has been this year, most pundits agree that Barcelona should be the favoured side considered entering Saturday's UEFA Champions League final at Wembley.
I would be remiss if I didn't first mention that some dolt (OK, me), predicted that Barcelona would be victorious tomorrow night shortly after the final was set. It's certainly not a bold prediction—many put this particular Barcelona side among the world's all-time elite.
And rightfully so. Barcelona are a side not only without any holes, but they feature at each position a world-class talent coupled with an uncanny chemistry to help perfect their tiki-taka, possession-heavy style of play.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are perceived perhaps without that game-changing player like, say, Lionel Messi or Andres Iniesta that Barcelona posses. But the Red Devils have perhaps the world's best defender in Nemanja Vidic and, although Wayne Rooney lacks Messi's gaudy goal-scoring numbers, the Englishman has formed a dangerously effective pairing up top with Javier Hernandez (Chicharito). You can't discount the advantage United could have while playing in London's Wembley Stadium, where many of United's English players have already played under the bright lights as members of the Three Lions.
That said, the overwhelming majority of the media favours Barcelona.
Sports Illustrated published its expert picks for tomorrow's game and the numbers were staggering: of the 15 predictions, only one picked United.
Prediction: Iniesta, Messi and David Villa strike for Barca while Chicharito and Ryan Giggs' goals go for naught, as Barcelona wins a 3-2 thriller.
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