Nemanja Vidic warns Barcelona over dirty tricks

25 May 2011 09:00

Nemanja Vidic has told Barcelona that Manchester United will not fall victim to their dirty tricks in the Champions League final.

Barcelona's semi-final win over Real Madrid was marred by gamesmanship, and Vidic insists United are geared up for more underhand tactics at Wembley.

'We have to focus and concentrate and then it won't be a big deal to handle the things that we know will come,' said Vidic.

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'Obviously their players have a different mentality to us. But it wont be a problem for us to deal with these things.

'They may do things and argue more than they should do, but it won't affect us. The referee for the game will probably be the best referee around. I think he can cope with that.'

Vidic also says United's experience will be key as they prepare to face Pep Guardiola's men.

'I don't think we have any doubt about the mentality of the players in our team and their ability to handle this,' he said.

'We know each other, play for each other and trust each other. I was there in Moscow in 2008. It was my first Champions League final and there was lots happening on the field that I had to deal with.'I dealt with it and I am sure all of us will deal with it this time around.'

United defender Rio Ferdinand also believes gamesmanship is now rife in European football.

'I just think that some people do that (gamesmanship),' he said. 'It's the way the game has gone nowadays It's just the way it is. It wasn't just Barcelona that night, Real Madrid were doing the same things.

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'If you watch games all over Europe, players in all different teams do the same. It was just that those semi-finals were such massive games that everything was magnified.'

Vidic also insisted United were not fuelled by revenge after they lost to Barcelona in the final two years ago in Rome.

'For us, this game is not about revenge for losing in the final to Barcelona. I've tried to forget that game, it's different now.

'We're playing at Wembley, it's a different team and I believe we can perform better than we did back then.

'Barcelona are a great team and they have way of playing that's nice to watch. There's danger in the way that they play, but we're a hard team as well.

'In five years we have won the Premier League four times. It's a strong league and we've won it. We've also reached the Champions League final for the third time in four years. Now we just have to perform in the final. It's all about winning it.'

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