Starting XI, and formation:
Just like their tactics, Barca doesn't have too many options. Reacting to the nine changes that Sir Alex made to the second leg of the semi-finals against Schalke, Pep admitted he cannot even imagine doing that. So Barca's starting XI and their formation is as easy to guess as the colour of the jersey that the "home" team will wear for the match.
Although United's starting XI is not the kind of suspense associated with blockbuster thrillers, there is enough scope to speculate, owing to reasons both on and off the field. Van Der Saar, Evra,Vidic and Ferdinand are sure to start. The contest for the other spot in the defence is ironically between the twins. Rafael has started almost double the number of games than Fabio. However what could ultimately swing the chances in Fabio's favour is his temperament. Up front, there are noises about Rooney playing alone in a 4-5-1 leaving Chicharito on the bench. United cannot afford to start with a 5 man midfield and Rooney as lone striker because this could easily turn up to a 4-6-0 for United. When you pose no threat up front, the opposition can pack the midfield even more and you're in trouble. Especially when the opposition is called
Easy to guess.
We must be able to concentrate on maintaining possession straight away even though we may have been chasing the ball intensely. We can beat Barca’s press for the ball if a longer pass out of the danger zone is employed quickly and we will have to avoid the number of misplaced passes.All said and done, we are at our best when we are attacking and that should be the motive every time we have the ball.
Sir Alex had mentioned that he respects Jose Mourinho and that he would turn to him for tips. He doesn’t have to literally ask him. All he needs to do is see what Pepe did. Pepe was the “Windscreen Wiper” who just “killed the ball”. That disrupted the ballet that is Barca’s passing game. Agreed that this will take away the beauty from the beautiful game. Hell with Joga Bonito! The most consensus candidate among the media, and fellow fans alike, for United’s trump card is Chicharito. No doubt. He will be the attacking and taking our cause to them. But for me, the most crucial player will be that “windscreen Wiper” who runs across the mid-field to disrupt their fluid and fluent passing game. Fletcher would have been ideal for that job. But in his assumed absence, Anderson, Park or even Rooney may fit the bill.
My prediction? 6-0 United !!! Hahahahahaha.