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Jul 5, 2011

Neville sure United will overtake Barca

Gary Neville does not agree with assertions that Barcelona will be the pre-eminent force in football for the forseeable future and is confident Manchester United will soon be more than a match for the current European champions.

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United were comprehensively beaten by Barca in the Champions League final for the second time in three years when they went down 3-1 at Wembley in May.

Led by two-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi, the Catalans have been hailed by some as the greatest club side of all time but Neville, who amassed 19 winners' medals at Old Trafford before retiring in February, does not believe Pep Guardiola's side will continue to dominate for years to come.

The former England international was part of the United side that overcame a much-lauded Juventus outfit - who they had lost to three times in the previous two seasons - on the way to claiming the 1999 European Cup, and Neville thinks Barcelona will also be caught.

"We had young players who strived to get to their (Juventus') level and eventually you get there,'' the former Red Devils captain told the Manchester Evening News.

"You climb that mountain and it is tough. But I think we will progress and we will get there. I think the likes of Man United and Real Madrid will get past Barcelona in the next two years.

"Next season will be tougher for them because teams like United and others will learn. Things go in cycles.''

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