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May 10, 2011

Fergie: We must stop Barca trio

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits he must find a way to stop Barcelona's three best attacking players in the Champions League final.

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United and Barcelona are on the verge of sealing their domestic titles and will come face-to-face in a repeat of the 2009 final at Wembley on May 28. Ferguson hopes that his attacking players can create problems for the Catalans.

"Obviously, Barcelona is the big one now," Ferguson told US-based radio station Sirius XM. "What we have to do is find a solution to the Xavi-Messi-Iniesta problem.

''Everyone is searching for that because they are outstanding footballers. We have our share too. In the final last time we started off really well, then gave away a bad goal. After that Barcelona kept the ball very well, as they always do.

"We have players who can cause any team a lot of bother and hopefully those attacking players will give Barcelona problems that everyone thinks they are going to give us."

Ferguson also hit out at the critics who have claimed United are not as good a team as in previous years.

"Everyone has said this is not a good Manchester United team, that we are not this or that," he said. "But we have scored more goals than anyone else. Our home form has been magnificent. We are undefeated in Europe. We are in the Champions League final and we will win the league by getting one more point.

"You have to put all the criticism to one side because I have to be realistic when I look at my team and ask 'Am I satisfied?' Those players have given me everything."

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