Two-time European Cup winner Edwin Van der Sar says Manchester United must learn to play like Barcelona if they're to topple the Catalans.

Van Der Sar was part of the United side that lost two finals against the La Liga giants in 2009 and earlier this year, with the Old Trafford club thoroughly outplayed by Pep Guardiola's side.

The Dutch stopper believes United must re-think their game-plan if they're to beat Barca in future ties.

"We need to play more touches on the ball, personally speaking," Van der Sar told said.

 

"Not playing long anymore, we need to have more touches on the ball, especially in the midfield. Hopefully, if we do that we can beat them (Barcelona) this year.

"We lost this year in the final against Barcelona and hopefully this season we can improve."

The 41-year-old brought an end to his six-year United career at the end of the season, and has seen Spaniard David De Gea purchased to fill the void.

After a shaky start to his career in English football, the 21-year-old is slowly growing in confidence, and Van Der Sar is confident's he'll grow into the role.

"I think he's been good. It's still early and he has time to grow there," he added.

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