Barcelona vs Manchester United: Mission Impossible on the cards for Ole at the Nou Camp?
The Manchester United boss returns to the Nou Camp, a venue where he was United's hero in 1999 as a player and now he's got a 1-0 deficit against Barcelona to make up.
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Match preview ✅
Ernesto Valverde rung the changes for the league trip to Huesca at the weekend. Luis Suárez and Gerard Piqué were suspended, but there was no Lionel Messi, no Sergio Busquets and no Ivan Rakitić in the matchday squad, while Jordi Alba, Philippe Coutinho, Arthur, Clément Lenglet and Nélson Semedo were all benched. Barça will be well rested for the visit of Manchester United.
The history books don't look good for United: of the 70 previous occasions a side has lost a Champions League knockout tie first leg at home, that side progressed on just four occasions. United did do exactly that against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round but Barcelona isn't likely to squander chances the way that PSG did.
If Barcelona raises their level and United rise to the occasion, a high-scoring encounter will be in the offing.
Team news 🌟
Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance in a month at the weekend and will compete with Philippe Coutinho for a spot in Barcelona's front three. It's likely that the Frenchman will start.
United defender Luke Shaw will miss the match through suspension, while key defensive midfielder Ander Herrera is also absent. Marcus Rashford is undoubtedly a key figure for United, with his pace and willingness to shoot on sight they key qualities to harness if, as expected, Barcelona dominate possession.
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