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Matthaus declares Man Utd strongest in Europe

German legend Matthaus says the way Real clinched the Liga title was simply showed how far Spain's top-flight had slipped behind the Premiership and Serie A on the European table.

"Only the final weekend brought a definitive decision," said Matthaus. "It was pure emotion for the fans, but also a clear signal to the international competitors: Spain in no longer the great European power.

"The two great clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, showed great inconsistency and went through a lot of highs and lows during the season."

Matthaus believes the Premiership and Serie A are now the superior competitions and rates Manchester United and Inter Milan as Europe's top two clubs.

"The troops of Sir Alex Ferguson dominated the Premiership and next season surely they will win him another Champions League," added the former Inter star. "They have two qualities that no-one can touch - they're a young team and one that is improving all the time."

Matthaus also highlighted United pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney as key to their Champions League success.

On Real's title victory, Matthaus told Bild that it was down to two players alone - the former Manchester United stars David Beckham and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

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