Manchester United need another Champions League miracle at Camp Nou if they are going to reach the semi-finals at the expense of Barcelona United's route to the quarter-finals saw them pull off a stunning comeback win over PSG on away goals, beating the French giants 3-1 in Paris after losing the first leg 2-0 at home. Now having lost the first leg of their last-eight tie 1-0 to Barca at Old Trafford, An own goal from Luke Shaw gifted Ernesto Valverde's side a vital away goal coming into this game, meaning United have to score on Tuesday if they are to have any chance of survival. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Red Devils must climb another mountain on the road if they are to progr
United's trip to Camp Nou comes almost 20 years to the day that Solskjaer scored a Champions League-winning injury-time goal against Bayern Munich, and the Norwegian needs to channel the spirit of '99 if his side are going to stand any chance of seeing off Lionel Messi & Co. Barcelona rested almost all of their star players in Saturday's goalless draw with Huesca, meaning they will be up for the challenge. With the La Liga title almost wrapped up, the Champions League has become their priority, and they will do all they can to win it.
Barcelona paid the price for fielding a heavily rotated side in Saturday's draw with minnows Huesca. Only Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept his place from Wednesday's game, whilst Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Jordi Alba were all second-half substitutes. The result may have been frustrating, but the Blaugrana took a major positive from the game as Ousmane Dembele managed 67 minutes of action on his return from a thigh injury, and now could be set to feature against United.
As for United, they will certainly be without Shaw, who is suspended after picking up his third yellow card of the competition in the first leg. However, they will hope to welcome back Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera, who have all struggled with injury in recent weeks.
Barcelona: Marc Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Arthur Melo, Ivan Rakitic; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele .
Manchester United: David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Lindelof, Ashley Young; Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Fred; Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford.
HEAD TO HEAD RECORDS
Man Utd and Barca have met 12 times in Uefa competitions, with Barca edging United with five wins to three, and four draws between the clubs. United got the better of Barca in the 2007-08 Champions League semi-finals as Paul Scholes' Old Trafford rocket secured a win en route to lifting the trophy that year.
However, Barca have since got their own back and then some, beating United in both the 2009 and 2011 Champions League Finals at Wembley.
Barcelona may not have been at their best in the first leg, but they still picked up a vital 1-0 win to give them a potentially decisive advantage heading into the second tie. United need to score at the Camp Nou, something they have only managed once in the past. Back in 1998, the two sides played out a dramatic 3-3 draw in Spain, but Barcelona have a good track record when it comes to shutting out the Red Devils. On home soil, Barcelona have kept three clean sheets from four games against United, and they will be keen to add one more to that tally on Tuesday.
The La Liga giants have tasted defeat just once in 2019, although any momentum they built up from important wins against both United and Atletico Madrid may have been halted as a second-string Barcelona side were held by the division's bottom side, Huesca. As for United, they bounced back from defeat in the first leg with a 2-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday, but they certainly relied on good fortune to emerge unscathed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won't care, as the win brought an end to their two-game losing streak.
Here's how the two sides have performed in their last five fixtures:
Barcelona Manchester United
SD Huesca 0-0 Barcelona (13/4) Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United (13/4)
Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona (10/4) Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona (10/4)
Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid (6/4) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Manchester United (2/4)
Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona (2/4) Manchester United 2-1 Watford (30/3)
Barcelona 2-0 Espanyol (30/3) Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Manchester United (16/3)
Barcelona 2-1 Manchester United
Barca were far off their best at Old Trafford yet still managed to get a result, and it is unlikely that Messi will be as off-colour as he was in Manchester. Expect United to offer more of an attacking threat at Camp Nou - it would be hard to do worse than the total of zero shots on target they managed in the first leg - but Barca will be fresh and ready.
United certainly have a chance if they press well - and especially if they pressure Sergio Busquets, who has looked a weak link in recent weeks - but they are likely going to have to take every chance while somehow keeping Messi quiet.
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