Barcelona Could Learn a Thing or Two from Manchester United

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Barcelona Could Learn a Thing or Two from Manchester United
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: Josep Guardiola manager of FC Barcelona (L) and Sir Alex Ferguson manager of Manchester United watch from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

By now everyone has heard every side of the latest installments of El Clasico.

For the most part, Real Madrid has been the scapegoat.  With headlines stating that Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho are ruining football, Barcelona have gone seemingly unscathed.  Miraculously even appearing as the victim. 

Everyone knows that this Barcelona side is one of the greatest of all time.  However, they are quickly becoming regarded as the least respectable.

Before Madrid and Barcelona managed to turn a game of football into a war zone, Barcelona demonstrated a clear lack of class, while their fans allowed their true colors of racism to come out in full effect.

What transpired after that falls largely on the hands of Barcelona.

Marcelo fully deserved his marching orders, but can you blame him for his horrendous tackle on Cesc Fabregas after chants of "mono" echoed through the stadium for most of the game?

Barcelona fans are noted for their racism. 

And the fact that Marcelo reacted the way he did shows that Barcelona's fans and players are in synchronized unison to wind up the opponents by any means necessary.

The winding up doesn't stop with racist fans, but continues with xenophobic players.  Somewhere in the midst of David Villa's slap on Mesut Ozil, Villa proceeded to have reportedly insulted Ozil's Islamic religion.

These two teams might be the top two teams in the world, but Barcelona's continued racist and arrogant behavior is a disgrace to football. 

In a Barcelona biased world, or an incompetent La Liga––you pick—Barcelona always seem to get away with any and all charges of improper conduct.

For a team with such talent at its disposal, Barcelona's constant play-acting and conning the referees has Jose Mourinho's label of being a "small-team" spot on. 

What other top European clubs act in the same manner that Barcelona does?

Big teams do not play like Barcelona.  They do not aim to humiliate and wind up opponents the same way that Barcelona do, nor do they rely just as much on their acting skills as they do their footballing abilities.

For example, take Manchester United, as well as many other top clubs.

Sir Alex is a manager who strives for greatness and success while maintaining a level of dignity.  He demands excellence from his players, and expects his team to win each time they step on the pitch. 

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However, his ambitions, success and drive do not come at the expense of humiliating and disrespecting his opponents.  United set out every match to get the job done and carry on with their business while carrying the least excess baggage.

Manchester United play the game with integrity and honor.  They do not play to embarrass another team––something Barcelona is always trying to do.

At the end of the day Barcelona have another trophy.  But people are starting to realize just how classless this exceptionally talented squad is.

All of their trophies won't stop the fact that their actions on the pitch are beginning to overshadow their success.

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