Alex who? Messi not interested in United

Barcelona’s 52-goal talisman confesses his ignorance of tomorrow’s opponents in eagerly anticipated Champions League final at Wembley


BARCELONA superstar Lionel Messi admits he knows virtually nothing about Champions League final opponents Manchester United.

The Argentinian genius says he pays little attention to other teams and does not plan to study United for chinks in their armour before tomorrow’s final at Wembley.

“To be honest I don’t watch much football at all,” said Messi. “But I know that they are a very strong side and well deserved champions of a very difficult league. That says it all.

“I’m not sure where their weaknesses are because they are a very strong side, very physical and extremely efficient in all their lines. I’m one of those players who doesn’t look too much at the opposition and concentrates about what we need to do. This is a one-off game – but we have to think about us.”

Messi was part of the side who swept United aside 2-0 in the 2009 final and, chillingly for Sir Alex Ferguson, believes Barca’s largely unchanged team are, if anything, even better than before. “I would like to think that some of us are just a bit more experienced this time round,” he added.

A triumph on home soil for United would bring a third Champions League winners’ medal for Ferguson (left), equalling the record held by former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley.

Both United and Barca are looking to complete domestic league and European Cup Doubles.