United will defend for the most part, with a reliance on counter attack. Expect United to hit long balls over the top as Hernandez plays on Mascherano's shoulder when Alves moves forward into attack. Park will man mark Messi out of the game. Rooney will drop back to prevent Busquets from dictating the play. United's tactics will work for the most part but ultimately the match will finish 0-0 after 90 mins.
Barcelona to win on penalties.
Well what a guff prediction this was, tactically United turned out to be pants and let Barca run the game. More evidence to suggest the only way to beat Barca is to play like Inter Milan did last year, it wouldn't suprise me if Fergie knew this all along but lacked the type of players in his squad to pull it off.
I mentioned in chat last night that if fergie went 4-4-2 then united would get overrun in midfield like they did 2 years ago, and so it panned out.
I honestly thought if they had gone 4-5-1 then they would have won, or at the least took it to pens. Barca just completely owned the midfield and Carrick and Giggs just had no idea how to stop it.
It was a masterclass, but Barca were there for the taking, especially with Masch as centre back and Abidal not really having been tested for a few months. A Mourinho/Inter approach would have been a whole different story.