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Match facts: Barcelona v Manchester United

Published: Wednesday 25 May 2011, 4.37CET
Match facts: Barcelona v Manchester United
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Published: Wednesday 25 May 2011, 4.37CET

Match facts: Barcelona v Manchester United


UEFA milestones
• Barcelona's club record-equalling run of nine successive home wins in UEFA competition was halted by Real Madrid CF in the semi-finals. They set the mark from 1977 to 1979 and matched it between 1993 and 1994.

• Carles Puyol made his 100th UEFA Champions League appearance in the second leg against Real Madrid.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• The Catalan club are the competition's highest scorers with 27 goals. They scored 30 en route to the 2009 showpiece, three short of Real Madrid's competition record set getting to Glasgow in 2002.

• Lionel Messi is the competition's top scorer with 11 goals – seven more than United's best, Javier Hernández – and has had more shots on target than any other player (36).

• The Argentinian was the competition's top scorer in 2008/09 (nine goals) and 2009/10 (eight). Ruud van Nistelrooy holds the record for goals in a UEFA Champions League season having struck 12 in 2002/03.

• José Pinto is suspended following his red card in the semi-final, first leg.

Latest domestic information
Sunday 22 May: Málaga CF 1-3 FC Barcelona (Fernández 31; Bojan 44pen, Afellay 76, Bartra 84)
Pinto; Bartra, Fontás, Abidal (Pedro 72), Maxwell; Thiago, Sergi Roberto, Adriano (Alves 60), Afellay; Jeffrén (Mascherano 68), Bojan

• Sergi Roberto made his full debut as Víctor Valdés, Puyol, Gerard Piqué, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Messi and David Villa all sat out what was only the Catalan outfit's second win in six games in all competitions.

• Valdés won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, awarded to the Liga keeper with the lowest goals to games ratio, for the third successive season and fourth occasion in all. He is now one shy of Antoni Ramallets' all-time record.

• Barcelona wrapped up their third successive Liga title, 21st in all, with two games to spare on 11 May after a 1-1 draw with UD Levante. It means Guardiola has amassed a national record 25 major titles as player and coach, two more than previous record holder Miguel Muñoz.

• Barcelona have lost five of their 31 games away from the Camp Nou this season, and three of those were in two-legged cup ties they ultimately won. The exceptions were the 1-0 extra-time Copa del Rey final defeat by Real Madrid on 20 April and a 2-1 Liga loss at Real Sociedad de Fútbol ten days later.

• Messi has scored 55 goals in 61 games for club and country this season, though none in his last four outings. He has surpassed the previous best goal tally for a Spanish campaign of 49 set by Real Madrid's Ferenc Puskás in 1959/60, but heads to Wembley one behind Cristiano Ronaldo's haul this term.

• This season Barcelona established Spanish top-flight records for longest winning run (16 games), longest unbeaten sequence on their travels (23) and most away wins (14). They also came within one game of Real Sociedad's 31-year-old mark of 32 Liga matches unbeaten.

• Barcelona's 31-game unbeaten run in the Liga (14 September to 30 April) nevertheless marked a club record, one of several this term. The Catalan outfit began the season with ten successive Liga away wins and went 28 matches unbeaten in all competitions between 14 September and 19 January. The 8-0 victory at UD Almería on 20 November equalled Barça's record for a Liga away win.

• Xavi has played 576 games for Barcelona, surpassing Migueli's club record of 549 on 5 January.

Injury news
• Puyol is fit but has been plagued by the knee and hamstring problems since January and last played on 3 May.

• Bojan Krkić was expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage on 9 April but returned on 15 May.

• Maxwell (groin, 23 April to 15 May) and Adriano (thigh, 20 April to 21 May) are back in action, as is Éric Abidal, who had a liver tumour removed on 17 March before returning for the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.

• Martín Montoya's first start for Barcelona against Real Sociedad on 30 April lasted 14 minutes as he broke his collarbone and dislocated a shoulder. Gabriel Milito tore a thigh muscle in the same game but is back in training.

Manchester United

UEFA milestones
• Antonio Valencia's goal at home to FC Schalke 04 in the semi-finals second leg was United's 300th in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final.

• Already United's oldest ever UEFA Champions League outfield player, Ryan Giggs became the oldest scorer in the competition with his first-leg goal against Schalke. Aged 37 years and 148 days, he surpassed the record of Filippo Inzaghi, who was 37 years and 86 days when he registered for AC Milan against Real Madrid CF on Matchday 4.

• Should Edwin van der Sar feature and United win, the Dutchman would become the oldest player to appear in a UEFA Champions League final victory, aged 40 years 211 days. Paolo Maldini was 38 years 332 days when AC Milan defeated Liverpool FC in the 2007 final.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• United have conceded four goals, the joint lowest total in the competition along with FC Rubin Kazan, who were eliminated after the group stage. AFC Ajax (1996) and Arsenal FC (2006) conceded two en route to the final.

• If United emerge victorious it will be the third time they have won the European Champion Clubs' Cup without losing a match having managed the feat previously in 1998/99 and 2007/08. Ajax (1971/72, 1994/95), Liverpool (1980/81, 1983/84), and Milan (1988/89, 1993/94) have also been unbeaten champions twice previously.

Latest domestic information
Sunday 22 May: Manchester United FC 4-2 Blackpool FC
(Park 21, Anderson 62, Evatt 74og, Owen 81; Adam 40, Taylor-Fletcher 57)
Van der Sar; Rafael (Smalling 46), Vidić (Rooney 84), Evans, Evra; Anderson, Park (Owen 63), Nani, Scholes, Fletcher; Berbatov

• United finished their Premier League campaign with a 15th successive home win, setting a league record. Newcastle United FC held the previous mark, set between May 1995 and February 1996.

• Sir Alex Ferguson's side sealed their 19th league title, and 12th in the Premier League era, with a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers FC on 14 May. It sets a new English league record, overtaking Liverpool's previous best of 18.

• United suffered four league defeats, equalling their lowest total set in 1999/2000. Their five away victories was the lowest for title winners since 1976/77.

• Prior to losing 1-0 at Arsenal FC on 1 May, United had kept seven clean sheets in 11 matches, but they have managed none in their last five.

• Dimitar Berbatov scored 21 league goals this season, equalling his best return set in the Bundesliga with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2005/06. He became the fourth player to score five goals in a Premier League game on 27 November as United beat Blackburn 7-1.

• Berbatov finished as the Premier League's joint leading scorer along with former United striker Carlos Tévez.

• Nani provided 18 assists in the 2010/11 league season, more than any other player.

• Giggs played his 607th league game for United at Anfield on 6 March, breaking Sir Bobby Charlton's club record.

• United's 24-match unbeaten start to the league season ended with a 2-1 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC on 5 February.

Injury news
• John O'Shea has been out since 8 May with a leg problem.

• Darren Fletcher played 90 minutes for the first time since 1 March against Blackpool. The midfielder has been suffering from a virus and has otherwise been restricted to two substitute appearances.

• Anders Lindegaard has been out of first-team action since early March with a knee problem.

• Van der Sar will retire after the final at the age of 40.

• Sir Alex and Nemanja Vidić were named Premier League manager and player of the season respectively.

• Sir Alex will be made a Doctor of the University of Stirling on 29 June in recognition of his outstanding contribution to sport.

• United have confirmed Owen Hargreaves, who made only 39 appearances in four years at the club and who is not in the UEFA Champions League squad, will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires this summer.

Last updated: 26/05/11 14.22CET

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