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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Barcelona Vs Manchester United Preview

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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:36 GMT

Manchester United travel to the Camp Nou to play Barcelona in the second-leg of the Champions League quarter final on Tuesday April 16th. The English side are a goal down after losing the first leg 1-0 at Old Trafford on Wednesday April 10th.

Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez were all rested in the weekend 1-1 draw away at Huesca and are expected to play. Long-term absentees Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha will be missing, but Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Roberto are expected to be available despite missing the game at the weekend.  

Manchester United will have Alexis Sanchez back in the squad to face his former club. Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian have also travelled with the squad, but Ander Herrera and Eric Baily both miss out due to injuries. Luke Shaw is suspended after picking up a yellow card in the first-leg.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke at the pre-match press conference and, according to Sky Sports, said he hopes the second-leg comeback against PSG in the last round can inspire his side.

"Of course, that memory from PSG will help the players, as a team we know we can turn things round," he said.

"Barca at the Nou Camp is a different prospect but the memory from that night will live with the players.

“It's not that long ago and we're one goal better off."

Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde spoke in his pre-match press conference and admitted he feared the Manchester United sprit.

"What I fear the most is the spirit they have. We respect them as a team, and the history they have behind them.

"You can feel their spirit on the pitch, and I think we will see it tomorrow. If we want to face that we have to show the way, we are ourselves."


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