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Wilshere: Beware the dirty Barca
Jack Wilshere last night warned Manchester United: Barcelona could con their way to Champions League glory. Wilshere rates Pep Guardiola’s Catalan kings as the best team in the world. But he also thinks the Spanish champions are number one when it comes to using dirty tricks to win a game – as Nemanja Vidic warned earlier this week. And Wilshere, 19, has labelled midfielder Sergio Busquets, who was cleared of a UEFA racism charge to face United, the worst of the lot. England star Wilshere, whose Gunners side were dumped out of the Champions League by Barca, said: “They are so good at getting round the referee and helping him change his decision. Against us, Busquets was the main one doing it. We saw them dive against Real Madrid in the semi-final first leg, but it’s convincing the referee to be on their side that is the biggest thing."
Brian Woolnough, Daily Star
The Mirror claim Edwin van der Sar will lift the trophy with captain Vidic if United are successful at Wembley and also reveal the match is the biggest in the history of the domestic game, according to official UEFA calculations.
The Times suggest Rio Ferdinand has been studying footage of Lionel Messi on his iPad and Kevin McCarra writes in The Guardian that Wayne Rooney needs a match to imprint his name on history and is one of the few players who can upset Barcelona.
Away from Wembley, Diego Forlan has urged Atletico Madrid team-mate David De Gea to join United. "He asked my advice about moving to United and we talked about it a lot," he told The Sun. "It is a great place to experience as a player. The manager is a legend, the staff are all really good and the fans were always very supportive of me."