Manchester United vs Barcelona: Match Preview

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10 Apr 2019

Manchester United vs Barcelona: Preview, head-to-head records and Fantasy XI

English giants Manchester United are up for the biggest European test this season as they take on Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League 2018-19 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.

While United scripted an incredible turnaround to beat Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Paris during the pre-quarters, Barca annihilated Olympique Lyonnais.

Here, we present the match preview.

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United coming off EPL loss, Barca riding on fine win

United coming off EPL loss, Barca riding on fine win

As United prepare for the Barca test, it would be under pressure as they are coming off a loss in the EPL last week.

They lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 in an away tie.

The tie saw defender Ashley Young being red carded as well.

As for Barca, they rode on a fine win, beating rivals Atletico Madrid 2-0 in La Liga, at home.

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Team news

Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi among men to watch out

As far as teams are concerned, Paul Pogba would be the key man for United.

He has been enjoying a fine form under new manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

For Barca, the focus would be on the 'Little Magician' Lionel Messi, who needs no introduction.

United are likely to go in with a 4-3-3 line-up, while Barca too are likely to go with the same.

Head-to-head

Barcelona have slender edge over United

Barcelona have slender edge over United

Considering the head-to-head records between the sides, Barcelona have mild edge over United.

In the 11 matches between the sides, United have managed three wins, while Barca have four.

Of the eight UCL ties, United have won just one, while Barca have pocketed three.

At Old Trafford in UCL, United have won just one of the three ties, while Barca are yet to win.

Predicted XI

Here's the predicted Playing XI

Manchester United: David de Gea, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku.

Barcelona: Marc-André ter Stegen, Roberto, Gerard Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho.

Dream XI: David de Gea (vice-captain), Lenglet, Lindelof, Alba, Roberto, Busquets, McTominay, Pogba, Messi (captain), Suarez, Lingard.

Match details

When, where and how to watch

When, where and how to watch

Match: Manchester United (MU) vs Barcelona (BAR)

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.

Time: 12.30 AM (IST, Thursday).

Where to watch (TV): Sony Ten 1/2 (also available in HD).

Where to watch (Online): Sony LIV.

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When was the last time Manchester United won the Champions League?

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When was the last time Manchester United won the Champions League?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:15:40 by Hansika Mehra

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Manchester United last won the Champions League in 2007-08.

When was the last time Barcelona won the Champions League?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:15:40 by Aanya Sharma

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Barcelona last won the UCL in 2014-15.

Which was the last meeting between the two sides?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:15:40 by Ridhi Jhadav

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The last meeting between the two was in 2017 during the pre-season Champions Cup, which Barca won 1-0.

Is Luis Suarez coming to United?

Asked 2019-04-10 13:15:40 by Amit Subramanium

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While there are rumors that he might leave Barca next season, there is no clear development on the issue as to if he would join United.

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