Rio says United have a plan for Barca

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The Spanish side have got the better of the Red Devils in their last few Uefa Champions League clashes, and will have another chance to do so when they square off in a pre-season friendly later this month.

But Ferdinand says United have learnt some harsh lessons and are confident of ending their poor run against Leo Messi and Co.

“The Barcelona team that we played against in the last couple of Champions Leagues, they proved on the day they were better than us, and we maybe also didn’t perform to our highest capabilities,” he says.

“The manager said it before that there is a gap [between Spanish and English football] that needs to be bridged, but if I knew the answer to that I probably should be employed as the manager of the club.

“But we are working on it, though we don’t want to put anything out there that we work on in training for someone else to use it before we use it. If we get to play Barcelona or another Spanish club in the Champions League this year then we can hopefully get an opportunity to put that into practice.”

Ferdinand, who captain United in last night’s 1-0 victory against AmaZulu during the MTN Football Invitational Tour 2012, is confident his club can match the standards Barcelona have set – just like they have done in the past.

“They have set the bar and we have to get there,” he says. “It has been done at different times in the League with Chelsea and Arsenal in certain seasons – they have raised the bar and we needed to step up and we’ve always managed to do that.”

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