Let me just establish here that I expect this match to be unwatchably dull. Chelsea established the formula for testing Barcelona and I fully expect United to also “park the bus” and look to hit Barca’s depleted defense on a setpiece or counter-attack.
If the match will pivot on any single thing, it will be the advantage United has in big-match experience. Look at how many Barca players played in the 2006 final and compare it how many of United’s players played in last year’s final. Could that experience prove critical? I think it might.
Prediction: 1-0 Man U
… and yes, it makes me physically ill to write that.