Ferdinand declares himself fit for final

ROME - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has declared himself fit for Wednesday's Champions League final against Barcelona. The England centre back has been troubled by a calf problem and sat out Sunday's 1-0 Premier League win at Hull City despite manager Alex Ferguson saying he wanted him to prove his fitness. "The injury is fine, I've been training for the last couple of days with the team and I feel good," he told a news conference on Tuesday. "I wouldn't start the game if I wasn't 100 percent fit. I wouldn't do that to the team. I don't see any problems from training for two or three days." The 30-year-old was immense in helping United to the trophy last season, especially in their rearguard action away to Barcelona in the semi-finals. That 0-0 draw was followed by a 1-0 home win by United but Ferdinand wants his side to attack on Wednesday rather than starting on the back foot in a one-off final. "Defending so deep against such talented players can be dangerous. But we are capable of doing both. That is the strength we have as a squad and a team," he said. OFTEN QUIET Barca's inspirational playmaker Lionel Messi has often been quiet against English opposition and Ferdinand is confident United's defence can subdue the Argentine again. "It will be difficult whoever plays against him, he is a fantastic player with great control but we've done it before," he added. Ferguson's team will become the first to seal back-to-back European Cups in the Champions League era if they win on Wednesday. Ferdinand, though, was nonplussed by the possible milestone. "We just want to win it and you guys can determine our place in history. We just want to win the competition we are in and there's a big one tomorrow," he said ahead of his team taking their final training session on Rome's Stadio Olimpico pitch. NEWS: Sheringham tips Reds to reign in Rome NEWS: Evra - Marking Messi will be easy peasy NEWS: Messi - Classy Catalans deserve to win in Rome NEWS: Rijkaard: United have got no chance NEWS: Rio's Rome hopes hinge on Hull NEWS: Henry and Iniesta on course for final NEWS: O'Shea coy on Rome start speculation NEWS: Ferguson anticipating fantastic final NEWS: Foreign Office advice for fans heading to Rome NEWS: All white on the night for Reds in Rome UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter BARCELONA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Samuel Eto'o, Cesc Fabregas Web Exclusives Cesc Fabregas, Gary Lineker One on One Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronald Koeman Plus! Rate Barca players (and others) on Talentspotter