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Maradona says Man Utd cannot afford to man-mark Messi

Diego Maradona doesn't believe Manchester United should try to man-mark Lionel Messi tonight against Barcelona.

United were taken apart by Messi in the Rome final of 2009 and Maradona reckons man-marking him is pointless.

He said: "How should United play against him? There is no easy answer.

"If I was the coach of a team which was facing Messi and Barcelona, I wouldn't mark him one on one. Messi will lose his man. He drops deep into midfield and goes wide left or right. You can't afford to have a player who follows him because Barcelona will open space for others and they're a special team, not just one star player.

"Perhaps Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand should get close to him when he is in the area and when he drops then others need to pick him up and prevent him from doing the things he does for fun."

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