Sheringham tips Reds to reign in Rome

Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has tipped his old club to get the better of Barcelona in the Champions League final. United arrived in Rome on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s showpiece aiming to become the first side ever to win back-to-back Champions League crowns following last year's shootout success against Chelsea in Moscow. And although Sir Alex Ferguson's Premier League champions come face-to-face with the free-flowing la Liga winners, who have netted 104 league goals in 37 games, Sheringham believes the Red Devils are favourites. “They’re two outstanding football teams but Manchester United perhaps just edge it in the defensive department, so you’d have to say they’re favourites,” he exclusively told And Sheringham, who made 104 league appearances for the Old Trafford outfit and famously netted the dramatic 91st minute equaliser for United in their 1999 win over Bayern Munich, expects this year’s finale to be an open and entertaining one. “It seems like it should be quite an open game, but you never know with Sir Alex, he may try to quash Barcelona as much as they can,” he said. “Obviously you’ve got to stop them playing - you don’t want it to be a free-for-all and look like they’re just playing in the playground - but the number and quality of the attacking players on the pitch should make it a very good game.” Pep Guardiola faces a defensive headache ahead of the clash in the Italian capital, with both first-choice full-backs - Daniel Alves and Eric Abidal - suspended and central defender Rafael Marquez injured. But Sheringham has played down the significance of their absence. “Whoever comes in for Barcelona is going to know their job and be more than capable,” he said. Teddy Sheringham is working with Wrigley's Extra, official chewing gum of the Premier League, to celebrate the tensions of added time.  This season 57 goals were scored in these minutes that matter, influencing final league positions. Find out more at 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’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’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