Champions League Match Preview: Manchester United vs Barcelona

Manchester United host Barcelona for the first time since 2008 when a Paul Scholes screamer was enough to win 1-0. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would bite your hand off for that result.

Barcelona are unbeaten in their 16 matches in all competitions and are heavy favourites heading into this tie. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should have a field day against United’s defence.

United have gone off the boil at the worst possible moment, losing three of their last four matches.

Team News

Manchester United- Manchester United can welcome back Paul Pogba from suspension in the Champions League and their injury woes have eased since they played Paris Saint-Germain last time in the competition.

Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones all missed out against PSG but are all back now. Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are all expected to miss out for the home side.

Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera both missed training on the eve of Wednesday’s game and are now considered huge doubts. Missing their experience and pedigree would be a huge blow for United.

Marcus Rashford missed United’s last match with an ankle injury but has reported for training and is expected to be fit enough to start against Barcelona.

Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Herrera, Matic and Valencia are all one booking away from missing the return leg.

Barcelona- Ousmane Dembele will reportedly be fit enough to make the bench against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Arturo Vidal missed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid through suspension but is free to play here. He will compete with Arthur for a starting berth in midfield.

Rafinha is ruled out for the Barcelona, while Nélson Semedo is one booking away from a one-match ban in the competition.

Samuel Umtiti has not looked overly convincing since returning from injury, which should see Clement Lenglet continue at the back.

Sergi Roberto or Semedo will get the nod at right-back.

Match Facts

Barcelona are undefeated in their last 8 matches (UEFA Champions League).

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As at the time this post Manchester United has 3.87 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Barcelona has 2.05 odd to win the match, the odd to draw the match is 3.57.

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