Fergie - We can upstage Barca
United concentrating on their own strengths
Last Updated: May 22, 2011 1:46pm
Ferguson: Pinning his faith in United talent ahead of Champions League final
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson insists his players have got the ability to upstage Barcelona and win the UEFA Champions League.
Ferguson knows all about the dangers posed by Barca and believes they are hot favourites ahead of the highly-anticipated Wembley final.
But he has told his United stars not to worry too much about the dangers posed by the mercurial Lionel Messi and his illustrious team-mates.
Ferguson, aiming to win European football's elite competition for the third time, is pinning his faith on United's young talent to put the Catalan giants on the back foot.
He said: "If you see the kind of players we have, you expect them to make an impact.
"In Antonio Valencia, Nani, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney we have players who can create and are also goalscorers.
"Barcelona deserve to be favourites. Their form has been fantastic this season.
"They are a terrific side. We'll have to pay attention to Messi and all their great players.
"In Antonio Valencia, Nani, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney we have players who can create and are also goalscorers."
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"But there is a danger you worry too much about the opposition. We have to make sure we play our game as best we can.
"We've got to make our impact on the match. We have enough players in the squad to do that."
Plenty of the pre-match build up will be focused on the potential duel between Rooney and Messi - two of the world's biggest stars.
However, Ferguson moved quickly to ease the pressure on his star striker.
He added: "Rooney's form has been good for the last two or three months.
"But we've got other players, like Valencia, who are fresh and that's important."