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David Healy: United will beat Bayern, but Arsenal will go out to Barcelona

Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich next week will bring back memories of the classic 1999 final.

I was lucky enough to be in the Nou Camp that night and will never forget it.

I doubt whether the quarter-final 11 years on will be as dramatic, but I’m pretty sure that it will end the same way — with a United victory.

Bayern are a fine side and in Franck Ribery they have a player who is capable of changing a game in a split second, but they don’t have enough to overcome a United team, just hitting top form.

Bayern might be dangerous in Munich, but overall Sir Alex Ferguson’s side should be far too strong.

That quarter-final will be good to watch, but even it won’t be in the same league for entertainment value as Arsenal against Barcelona.

I really can’t wait to see that one.

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It is a tie to savour. Both teams play attractive football and watching Cesc Fabregas go up against his Spanish team-mates Xavi and Iniesta will be fascinating.

Then there is Lionel Messi. Wayne Rooney is playing out of this world at the moment, but Messi (pictured) is playing even better.

He’s scoring goals, creating goals and running defences ragged with his amazing dribbling skills. I don’t know how Arsenal will stop him.

The Gunners are excellent at home in Europe and I fancy them to win at the Emirates in the first leg next Wednesday, but for me it will be Barcelona who ultimately emerge triumphant.


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