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AT A GLANCE

&9679; Of the previous three European Cup finals to be held at the Stadio Olimpico, two have been won by English sides (both Liverpool) and two have needed penalties to find a winner, including one of Liverpool's wins<br /><br />&9679; United are the first defending champions to reach a Champions League final since Juventus in 1997 and are looking to become the first team to retain the title since AC Milan in 1990<br />&nbsp;<br />&9679; United are trying to maintain their record as the English side along with Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa to have always won when reaching the final<br />&nbsp;<br />&9679; This is the fifth successive season that the Champions League final has involved an English side. The last three have been lost by an English side and four of the last seven have ended in penalty shootouts<br />&nbsp;<br />&9679; The sides have met on nine previous occasions, with United winning three to Barcelona&rsquo;s two. Their only final meeting, the 1990-91 Cup Winners Cup final, ended in a 2-1 win to United<br /><br />&9679; Barcelona have managed to win just once in their last eight Champions League game against an English side and scored just one goal in their last four. They have, however, only conceded twice in their last five<br /><br />&9679; Lionel Messi is the leading scorer in this season's Champions League, with eight goals, while Barcelona have scored more goals (30) and shots (165) than any other side. United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has kept most clean sheets with seven