The pattern of the game was very similar to previous encounter at the Stadio Olimpico in 2009 as Manchester United started with optimism and intent before being swamped by Barcelona's brilliance.
Pedro gave Barcelona the lead from one of the many wonderful passes played by Xavi - but Wayne Rooney lifted the gloom during a torrid spell for United with a fine equaliser following a swift exchange with Ryan Giggs.
Messi restored Barcelona's lead with a powerful drive early in the second half and David Villa's scored a spectacular third goal which emphasised the gulf in class between the sides.
Man United tried hard to claw their way back into the game, but Barcelona dominated possession, and continued to control the game right through until the final whistle.
2011 Champions League Final ResultFT Barcelona 3-1 Man Utd (HT 1-1)
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