Last week Barcelona rested 10 players in their Laliga match as a precaution and preparation for the Manutd Uefa Champions league Second leg match. Can Manutd turn things around against the better Barcelona side at the Bernabeu, the Old trafford lads are trailing by 1-0 loss recorded last week In England, all Barcelona needs today is not to concede whatever happens and they will book their ticket to the semis to face the winner of Porto / Liverpool Match.

 Possible line-ups 

 First leg: Man. United 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitić, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Dembélé
Out: Rafinha (knee)
Doubtful: Vermaelen (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Busquets, Semedo

Manchester United: De Gea; Dalot, Lindelöf, Smalling, Young; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Rashford, Lukaku, Martial
Out: Bailly (concussion), Herrera (thigh), Shaw (suspended), Valencia (calf)
Misses next match if booked: Herrera, Matić, Valencia, Young

Key battle

Sergio Busquets v Paul Pogba: United have to score and they signed Paul Pogba for just these situations – however, Busquets helped keep him quiet in the first leg and has plenty of experience finishing off these ties against the best of oppositions.

Form guide

 1999 remembered – Solskjær’s top UEFA Champions League moments

Barcelona
Last game: Huesca 0-0 Barcelona (Saturday)
Form: DWWDWWWWWW

  • After their winner at Old Trafford, Barcelona have now benefited from a joint-record 14 own goals in the UEFA Champions League.

Man. United
Last game: Man. United 2-1 West Ham United (Saturday)
Form: WLLWLLWWWD

  • Paul Pogba’s two penalties against West Ham took him to seven spot kicks for the Premier League season, one off Ruud van Nistelrooy’s club record from 2002/03.

Ernesto Valverde, Barcelona coach

 United’s round of 16 comeback at Paris

There’s no fear, just huge excitement. We’re all aware that we have a very tough game ahead of us if we want to reach the semi-finals.

We’re aware of Manchester United’s strengths. We know we can’t let it become a game with chance after chance; we have to close off any space. If they get space to run into, they’re good. Obviously we’ll try to stop them scoring and score ourselves. Our priority is to score, not to go out thinking we have an advantage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Man. United manager

The 1999 final is a fantastic memory. The last time I was on the pitch here was the only time. I don’t look back on that night too often; I’m just looking forward to seeing if we can play better against Barcelona. We are now 1-0 down at half-time, but if it is a game with many goals in it we stand a bigger chance.

If we keep a clean sheet, we’re in the tie. We know we can score goals from set pieces – we’re bigger than them – but we have to defend well. I don’t mind if the goal comes in the 93rd minute. We have to be fitter and keep going.

SD

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