Carrick confident of conquering Catalans

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is confident the Red Devils can overcome Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final, as they have already ousted a side similar to the Catalans in the semi-finals. 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, Carrick believes Pep Guardiola's side play in a similar fashion to Arsenal, who United comfortably dispatched 1-0 and 3-1 in the previous round of the competition. “Barcelona are totally different [to us],” he says in the latest issue of Champions. “In a lot of ways they play a very similar game to Arsenal. A lot of short passing, a lot of movement. We’re a little bit more dynamic in going forward. It’s not so slow, a more high-tempo type of game, more direct. But it’s about what works, and that’s what works for us. “It’s hard to say who’s more exciting. How do you judge it? There’re times this season we’ve played well and we’ve scored a lot of goals, and you think brilliant. "Barcelona have played well – but then against Chelsea they weren’t so good in terms of exciting play. We’ve both got top players in the right areas going forward that can entertain at any given time. That’s why it’s a tough one to call.” And the key to United's success may be mastering the tactical battle - as they did in last year's semi-final triumph over Barca - meaning this year's European finale could not be the exciting spectacle many expect it to be. “We were defensive and very solid," he says. "There wasn’t really attacking flair at all there in terms of how we usually play week in week out, but we got the right result. "It’s about having different ways to play – hopefully that’s the making of a great team.”  BLOG: Seven ways to lose a European Cup final BLOG: The European Cup final that sparked a revolution 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