Manchester United vs FC Barcelona / Champions League – We can say that this is the most attractive match of the Champions League’s quarter-finals, especially given most recent Manchester United and Barcelona results. Manchester United was in sort of crisis in recent years while Barcelona were winning titles in Spain but it has been waiting for a long time to win the European crown. The Catalans are again close to win two Spanish titles, while Manchester United can win only the Champions League. The two teams met the last time in the final of Champions League 2011 when Barcelona won by 3-1.
Manchester United vs FC Barcelona begins 10.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
The Champions League is the last chance for Manchester United two win a title this season, but it is crystal clear that the Red Devils will not easily pass the quarter-finals. We should say that many didn’t give them much chance in the round of 16 and especially after losing at home to PSG by 2-0, but they outdone themselves in the 2nd leg and won with weakened team 3-1, which was sufficient to reach the semi-finals. Manchester United has a fair deal of problems in English competition lately as it lost three and drew one match out of previous four.
One of those defeats was suffered in the quarter-finals of FA Cup by Wolverhampton and was a great disappointment given they had harboured great ambitions about the competition. They lost to Arsenal in the league and then Wolverhampton defeated them again in the league in a very similar way like it did in the FA Cup. Manager Solskjaer had made several changes in the team but they paid that through the nose. Now, the strongest available team goes on the pitch; A. Sanchez is out of action and some other players are questionable.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – A. Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw – Herrera, Matic, Pogba – Lingard – Rashford, R. Lukaku
Unlike their hosts, Barcelona fights to win three titles and it can be said that is practically put one in its trophy cabinet. They won Atletico Madrid 2-0 at home on last Saturday and now have 11 points more than 2nd positioned team in La Liga. Barcelona will definitely not allow itself to drop such advantage by the end of season. In effect the Catalans defended the title and now can focus on the Champions League. We shouldn’t forget that Barcelona is finalist of the Copa del Rey where will fight with Valencia to defended that title too.
The furthest title is one in the Champions League but for the time being they still haven’t lost a match. Barcelona routinely won the first place in the group phase, and it had problems only with Lyon in the 1st round of 16 leg when they missed number of chances. In total, Barcelona lost just four matches this season, two in La Liga and two in the Cup. They come to Old Trafford almost complete as the only out of action is Rafinha, while Dembele is questionable.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – S. Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, J. Alba – Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur – Messi, L. Suarez, Coutinho
Manchester United vs FC Barcelona PICK
Manchester United should be able to do something in the 1st leg if it wants to have chance to reach the semi-finals. That is why we believe the Red Devils will try to surprise Barcelona with offensive setup, while on the other hand the guests anyway don’t know to play in any other way. We forecast that we are going to see a nice number of goals at Old Trafford.
Pick: over 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.74 at betsson (down to 1.64 can be played)
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