Manchester United face off in a titanic battle against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday at Old Trafford.

United are the underdogs heading into this clash against Ernesto Valverde’s side.

The Red Devils will however take heart from their last 16 victory against PSG. United’s defence will be tested as they will be tasked to contain the evergreen Lionel Messi, who has once again been his superb self this season and so far scored 43 goals from 40 appearances this season.

The last two games between United and Barcelona came during the Champions League finals of 2009 and 2011 with the Blaugrana winning both convincingly.

The last time that United beat Barcelona came in 2008 during the Champions League semi-final second leg at Old Trafford which Sir Alex Ferguson’s men won 1-0. The Red Devils subsequently went on to win the tie and also claimed the Champions League that year after famously defeating Chelsea during the final on penalties.

United have nothing to lose in this tie and have already exceeded expectations in the Champions League this season. Barcelona can however not afford to take them lightly as they can punish any team on a good day.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping to have attacker Marcus Rashford back in action after the Englishman suffered an ankle injury which forced him to miss his side’s 2-1 Premier League loss against Wolves.

Solskjaer will also have to make do without the services of Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia while Ander Herrera is also not expected to play during the game, added the report published by Sky Sports. 

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