Match Preview: United needs a win to overcome a first-leg deficit


United looking forward to overturn their first-leg deficit 

Manchester United will have to defeat Barcelona to overturn their first-leg deficit  on Tuesday if they must make any further progress in the Champions League competition this season.

Own goal from Luke Shaw handed Barcelona the only proof they played well against the host.

The Red devils overcame an even greater deficit in the last round against Paris Saint-Germain when, despite losing the first leg 2-0 at home still prevailed with 3-1 against PSG at at the Parc des Princes.

Something similar at the Camp Nou may be a step too far for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, as they have never beaten Barca in their own backyard, although one of their greatest-ever victories did come at the venue when they overcame Bayern Munich in the Champions League final 20 years ago.

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Ole’s side has received a boost with return of Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic for Tuesday’s match,

The ex-Barcelona star, Sanchez has been sidelined since the beginning of March with a knee injury, while Matic,on a muscular injury, has missed United’s last three games.

Shaw is already out on suspension and will be watching from the bench.

Talking Points now, is that Barca has only lost one of their last 19 games across all competitions and they have all but wrapped up the La Liga title with six games left to play.

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Ernesto Valverde had rested the majority of his starting XI during Saturday’s goalless draw at Huesca and the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are likely to return on Tuesday night.

United are already at Barcelona with former club manager, Sir lex Ferguson to have a blast show.


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