Champions League: Arsene Wenger Can See Manchester United Defeating Barcelona.

Devil in a New DressSenior Writer IDecember 10, 2014

MOSCOW - MAY 21:  Manchester United players celebrate with the trophy following their team's victory during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a great man and a great coach. Over the years, he has built up a wonderful track record, winning numerous titles and building many great teams as well as a reputation of being an astute and well-respected individual in the world of football.

Arsenal's failures of recent times—their inability to win a trophy since their last at the 2005 FA Cup final—poses an interesting question, though.

Many times, Wenger has come out in defense of his team's shortcomings, and rightfully so. He has billed them as destined for great things—and they probably are, but results don't lie. Results can belie the truth, but they shouldn't hide the truth.

Wenger's belief in the team he has assembled is to expected—but can it be accepted? Can his judgement not be called into question?

I say all this because in a recent interview, he claimed that he could see Manchester United defeating the current Barcelona side. He said:

On what I have seen in the last three weeks, there will never be a better moment to win it against them. Barcelona look quite exhausted and Man United look quite sharp. For me, it takes three weeks to recover physically. I’m not sure Barcelona will have enough time. They looked on their knees so I would give Man United a good chance.

You know that Barcelona will have the ball for 70 per cent of the time and Man United will have to be very efficient in the 30 per cent of the time they have the ball.

I have an instinctive feeling that Man United will change completely their style against them this time and go for a rougher midfield, a more direct display than they did in Rome.

It can mean playing [Javier] Hernandez, but use him as a runner to go very direct. You know how Barcelona will play. You don’t know yet how Man United will play.

For a man who as evidence shows, can't clarify the real strengths of his own team, how could he possibly know about Sir Alex Ferguson's?

But this is beside the point. The real question is: do you agree with him?


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