Top 10 Champions League Final conclusions: Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United
1. Barcelona were hungrier, quicker, more committed and – bottom line – better than Manchester United. The best team (by a mile) won.
2. What a coincidence. Wayne Rooney’s boots go missing and then their owner go missing too. Anyone seen him, by the way?
3. Pep Guardiola truly is the next Jose Mourinho. The brooding looks in the opening minutes, pacing the touchline whenever there is an important decision to be made, and the Champions League trophy. By contrast Sir Alex Ferguson looked like he was sat in an old folks’ home towards the end of the match. I kept expecting to see a tartan rug on his knees when the camera zoomed out.
4. Sir Alex Ferguson is probably regretting selling Gerard Pique since the centre-back got in the way of just about any attack United managed to create.
5. If Cristiano Ronaldo loves playing in white so much he has got a funny way of showing it. Could this make him want to stay at Old Trafford like Thierry Henry after Arsenal’s defeat in the final?
6. Samuel Eto’o has perfected the shooting up followed by a nervous breakdown celebration.
7. United missed Darren Fletcher big time. Nobody was capable of breaking up Barca’s attacks before they reached the penalty area. They just had to watch Andres Iniesta and Xavi run the show. Maybe Chelsea had the right idea after all.
8. Paul Scholes still can’t tackle. United needed to put a couple of those challenges in during the first-half.
9. Patrice Evra is the ultimate personification of United’s problems. He had been bigging himself up in recent days, believing the hype, and didn’t deliver when it counted. He was given the run around by Eto’o.
10. If the Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi debate is too close to call, I thought we at least knew who had got the heading side of things sewn up. Apparently not.