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The Experts' View: Our writers predict Wembley outcome

James Lawton

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It will take huge, maybe even superhuman, effort in the midfield, but Manchester United do have the means to win. Ji-Sung Park's recent attack-dog performance against Chelsea might be one point of hope. Barça ooze class, of course, but if United are able to frustrate Lionel Messi to any degree, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez might just plunder the upset victory.

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