We are not scared of Barcelona claims Fergie
Published 23:02 04/05/11 By David McDonnell
Sir Alex Ferguson will call Jose Mourinho for advice after Manchester United trounced Shalke to book a Champions League final meeting with Barcelona.
Although Mourinho's Real Madrid lost to Barca in the semi-finals, Fergie said the Special One can help United avenge their defeat by Pep Guardiola's side in the 2009 final.
Mourinho led Madrid to a Copa Del Rey win over Real's great rivals from Catalonia a few weeks ago and Fergie said: "I speak to Jose quite a lot.
"I spoke to him last week, in fact. It's not as if we haven't seen Barcelona before.
"We've played them before and watched them many times this season. But we'll take any information, because Jose is very helpful that way."
Ferguson said United must have no fear when they face Barca at Wembley on May 28 if they are to emerge victorious, despite acknowledging their brilliance.
"I don't think we should be going into the final lacking confidence," he said. "Barcelona's form has been very good this season and we're playing a fantastic team.
"But they haven't got a terror against us and we can't be frightened out of our skin. We've got to find a solution to playing against them.
"We were the favourites the last time we played them. Maybe we have a little more experience, but they're certainly at their peak.
"I wish it was Brechin City or someone like that instead!
"At the start of the season, if you look to the final, you'd want to steer clear of Barcelona because their performance level is there for everyone to see.
"But our away form in Europe has been terrific and we've found a way of playing away from home. Wembley is a neutral ground, but we'll be well prepared for that game."
Ferguson can join Liverpool's Bob Paisley as the only manager to win the European Cup three times with victory over Barcelona.
United's emphatic win over Schalke saw them reach their third Champions League final in four years and Ferguson became the first boss to reach four European Cup finals since Real Madrid manager Miguel Munoz in the 1960s.
Goals from Antonio Valencia, Darron Gibson and a brace from Anderson gave United a comfortable win after Fergie made NINE changes, with one eye on Sunday's title showdown with Chelsea.
Ferguson, taking charge of his 250th European game, took a major gamble with his team selection, but it ultimately paid off.
United lost to Bayern Munich and Chelsea four days later last season, effectively conceding the title, a scenario Ferguson was desperate to avoid.
"There's a massive difference now from last year after going into the Chelsea game after losing to Bayern," he said. "In the first half of that game we were really tired, but we'll have a fresh team on Sunday and we'll go for it.
"It's not an easy decision to rest some of the players for a few days but losing to Arsenal at the weekend forced the situation."
Patrice Evra is a major doubt for Sunday after receiving treatment on a thigh injury, although there was good news for United with the return of Darren Fletcher after two months out following a virus.
United keeper Edwin van der Sar said: "We know Barca are a great team and it's going to be difficult. We saw that in 2009 and we have to make sure we learn our lesson and deal with them in a different way.
"We have to win otherwise it will be a terrible feeling afterwards."