Fri. Aug 23rd, 2019

Champions League live: Manchester United vs Barcelona – follow it here!

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Old Trafford to summon the spirit of famous European nights when Barcelona visit to meet his Manchester United team in the Champions League quarterfinals.

The United boss says his players believe another Champions League scalp is possible against the Spanish champions.

“Of course when you get Barcelona, with the quality of their team, we know we need to step up our game,” said Solskjaer.

“We know we need to perform to our best levels, which we didn’t against PSG at home. The outcome of the second leg against PSG has given the players and supporters belief that the same is possible against Barcelona.”

Former Manchester United man Gerard Pique said ahead of his return to Old Trafford that Barcelona would not underestimate the English side. Pique highlighted the need to be ruthless against comeback kings Manchester United.

Pique said: “The game against PSG is a great example.

“They (PSG) were better, but you cannot let United off the hook because they have a great team and a great history as they showed in Paris.

“We learned (from Roma) that things happen, even if it seemed unimaginable that they will. We learned that you cannot let an opponent back into a tie if they are not killed off. That will help us for facing a team like United.

“If at any point we can kill off the tie, we have to do it.”

Uefa Champions League: United vs Barca live!

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Manchester United vs Barcelona teams

Manchester United (likely XI): 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 (unspecified), Rashford (ankle)
Misses next match if booked: Herrera, Matić, Shaw, Valencia, Young

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

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