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20 May 2011 07:30:08

Final countdown is on for United

Michael Owen has confirmed Manchester United's thoughts have already turned towards the Champions League final.

Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make a huge number of changes for Sunday's final Premier League encounter with Blackpool, with Owen admitting training sessions were now being geared towards that Wembley confrontation with Barcelona on May 28.

"We obviously have a duty to the Premier League to perform against Blackpool and to win that game," Owen told MUTV. "But I would be lying if I said one eye wasn't on Barcelona now. A lot of what we are doing in training is focused on stopping them."

He added: "I was even playing as David Villa on the left wing in training trying to mimic how Barcelona play.

"We are starting to prepare for that game but we will certainly be focused on Blackpool on Sunday."

In addition to Owen and Wes Brown, it could also turn out to be the final competitive game at Old Trafford for Paul Scholes against the Tangerines.

The 36-year-old has still to decide whether to accept Ferguson's one-year contract offer and there is a growing body of opinion that feels Scholes will ultimately decide to call it a day.

If so, Scholes will head into retirement with 10 league title medals, 675 United appearances, providing he is involved in one of his club's final two games, and acknowledged by many as the best English midfield player of his generation.

His is now an understated contribution, but it is one of the reasons John O'Shea feels any debate over the merits of this present United outfit should end.

"This team has been knocked quite a bit this season but what does that mean for the rest of the teams in the Premier League?" O'Shea said. "The team that wins the league has been the best team."


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