FC Barcelona vs Manchester United: Match Preview

Mission Impossible? On the surface, yes.

Manchester United face an uphill task against an in-form and Messi-inspired Barcelona side at the latter’s fortress, the Camp Nou. Manchester United go to the game with a 1-0 deficit after succumbing to an unfortunate own goal by Luke Shaw.

Manchester United go into this game in somewhat high spirits coming off a hard-fought victory over West Ham at Old Trafford. Paul Pogba was the man of the hour with a crucial brace; Manchester United will be hoping that their star man steps up once again. The Red Devils are going to need all their firepower to be razor-sharp and focused for such a seemingly-daunting task, just as they were in Paris. Marcus Rashford, in particular, needs to be on the top of his game after a somewhat disappointing performance in the first leg.

Despite his poor showing at Old Trafford, Rashford proved he can threaten Barca’s backline with his darting runs and teasing crosses. They were few and far between, so it would be up to Pogba, Lukaku and co to supply him with piercing passes and to latch on to one of his trademark crosses that he’ll hope to supply an array throughout the course of this much-anticipated contest.

In contrast, Barcelona come into this game brimming with confidence. They are comfortable on course of another La Liga triumph, in the final of Copa del Rey and supplemented by one of the best strikeforces around in the Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez-tandem.

They are certain favorites to scrape through this tie and advance to the semi-final. But who knows? Manchester United administered an unlikely defeat of the heavily-favored PSG, proving the notion that Champions League betting odds, current form, and variation in quality and star-power sometimes don’t matter. Will it not matter yet again?