It’s the eve of one of the biggest games in world football as Manchester United meet Barcelona at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Key battle

Chris Smalling v Lionel Messi: Messi has been in particularly scintillating form of late, and all eyes will be on him at Old Trafford as Barcelona seek an all-important away goal. Smalling, enjoying something of a renaissance this campaign, will face his toughest task; how effectively he subdues Messi is likely to have a large bearing on how this tie goes.

Man. United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelöf, Shaw; Matić, Herrera, Pogba; Lingard, Rashford, Martial
Out: Bailly (concussion), Darmian (unknown), Sánchez (knee), Valencia (fitness)
Doubtful: Herrera (unknown), Matić (unknown), Rashford (ankle)
Misses next match if booked: Herrera, Matić, Shaw, Valencia, Young

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

Form guide

Man. United
Last game: Wolves 2-1 Man. United 2-1 (02/04)
Form: LWLLWWWDWL

  • United’s defeat in Wolverhampton was their first league loss after taking the lead since August 2015.

Barcelona
Last game: Barcelona 2-0 Atlético (06/04)
Form: WDWWWWWWWD

  • Messi has scored in eight straight Liga home matches for the first time since December 2016, after rounding off this victory against Atlético.
 

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