Manchester United vs Barcelona 2011
Manchester United vs Barcelona 2011. For the first time since their clash in the Champions League final in May, Manchester United and Barcelona will meet again in a friendly here at FedEx Field.
Some major stars are missing, Messi and Chicharito are the most glaring absences, but it remains a compelling match-up between two of the world’s best teams.
Follow along here for live updates from Landover. The lineups were released earlier, you can catch them after the jump.
FINAL: Manchester United 2 – Barcelona 1. Can you call it revenge for the Champions League? Um, no. But it was an entertaining game and had some great goals and fun moments.
Manchester United was the better team in the first half, but Barcelona was more aggressive in the final 45 minutes and the subs helped the pace and entertainment value of the contest late. Thiago had a beautiful goal, but a giveway was punished and United got the result.
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Manchester United vs Barcelona: Lionel Messi Out, Wayne Rooney In
Manchester United will play Barcelona in a rematch of the 2011 Champions League Final on Saturday night at the FedEx Field.
The highly anticipated match will be missing the world’s best player, however, as Lionel Messi has been left out of the Barcelona squad so he can rest following participating in Argentina’s failed bid to win the Copa America earlier this month.
Some had thought that because Argentina had been surprisingly knocked out in the quarter finals of the Copa America, Messi would be available for the exhibition friendly against the English Premier League champions. However, Messi was left out of the 25-player squad released by the Spanish giants.
Barcelona’s other South American players involved in the Copa America were also left out: Brazil’s Dani Alves, Chilean wing Alexis Sanchez; Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and Gabriel Milito; and Brazil’s Adriano Correia.
However, such is the depth of the talent of the world’s best team, as well as the pedigree of the English champions that a football spectacle can still be expected.
Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Pedro, David Villa, Nemanja Vidic, Eric Abidal and Gerard (source >>)
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