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21/04/2008 10:03

Papers: Messi's mission

Leo: I'll mess up United
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has told Alex Ferguson and Manchester United: “I’m coming to knock you out of the Champions League.” Struggling Barca are desperately looking to their Messi-ah for inspiration in Wednesday’s clash with United after the Argy ace recovered from a five-week lay-off with a thigh problem. The winger played the second half of Barca’s goalless draw against Espanyol on Saturday and fired off a warning to rivals United. He said: “I am ready for United. I am well. The fans are waiting for me to show what I can do on Wednesday. I am calm and I’ve so much desire to be at my best and be able to offer my team the things I can bring on the pitch. I am certain I will be even more determined in the game against Manchester which has special significance.”
Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun

Carlos Tevez, United's hero at Ewood Park on Saturday, believes Messi is the biggest threat to United's Champions League dreams. "Barcelona are one team with Messi - but a completely different team without him," said the Argentine. "He is the main point of reference and key man in the whole Barca team."

The Mirror claims United face an anxious to see if Wayne Rooney has shaken off the hip injury which forced him off in the final seconds at Blackburn. Sir Alex did say after the match that he felt Rooney would recover in time, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Ahead of Saturday's title showdown at Stamford Bridge, Sir Alex wants to celebrate winning the championship crown by shattering Chelsea’s four-year unbeaten home league record. “Records are there to be broken and we’ll be going down there with a positive attitude to try and win the match," said the boss.

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