Vidic admits Barca obsession

United defender says they have learned enough from recent defeats

Nemanja Vidic: Insists that Manchester United are closing the gap between themselves and European champions Barcelona

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Nemanja Vidic believes it will be a case of third time lucky if Manchester United clash with holders Barcelona in this season's Champions League final in Munich.

His side have been put to the sword in two of the last three finals by the Spanish giants including a 3-1 mauling at Wembley just six months ago.

And while the United skipper admits beating them has become something of an obsession at the club, they are determined to do it their way and will not sacrifice their attacking principles.

"Yes [it has become an obsession], but we played a semi-final against them [in 2008] and won that, so that is something," said Vidic.

"If you look at the two games in 2009 and 2011, the way they played, they were the better team in both, and they deserved to win in both. But this is a new year, with new challenges.

"We have played them in pre-season, beating them this summer, and twice in the Champions League in the last few years, and I think we have learned some things along the way.

"We have not changed the way we play to be more like Barcelona. They have their own way of playing and so do we.

"Yes, they have beaten us twice but the success we have had is not something you should underestimate. We have played in three finals in four years.

"We have our own way of playing and we are Manchester United. Yes, we can improve and we will have to if we want to beat the team who were champions of the world last year.

"It's not about revolution, about doing things differently, it is just doing the same things better. We cannot copy the way Barca play. The way they play, compared to English football, is alien."