The playmaker insists the two finals are not similar and says despite the Red Devils losing Cristiano Ronaldo since the match, they are still a ‘great team’Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta has said that the 2009 Champions League final win over Manchester United will count for nothing when the sides meet on Saturday at Wembley.
The Spanish side beat Sir Alex Ferguson's men 2-0 in Rome two years ago to become European champions, with goals from Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o securing victory.
Despite this, the 27-year-old has stated that the players will not be thinking of that match at the Stadio Olimpico, telling the club's official website: "Every moment has its own story. That final had to be like that.
"We won it and it was a reward for all the hard work that went before. That was a very special season. [This final] is not comparable, it’s similar because of the styles and it’s a final of course, but I don’t think there’s anything else."
United had Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks the last time the sides met, but Iniesta does not believe his departure has damaged the Red Devils' chances of success.
“It’s always better to have a player like him, but they have brought in other players and they have a great team," he added.
The midfielder's thoughts were seconded by a number of his Camp Nou team-mates, including Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves.
Busquets said: "They will have that game in their minds, as we have, but I’m sure this will be a different final."
Alves added: “You can never compare one final with another, they are always different games, with different players and hopes."
Iniesta is rated by the Castrol EDGE Rankings as the 22nd best player currently plying his trade in one of the top five leagues in Europe.