Arguably Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s biggest challenge of the season will be Barcelona. The Catalan giants are the team to beat in the Champions League this season, but can Manchester United do it? The recent past of the Red Devils are not in their favour.
Ever since the club appointed the Norwegian as the permanent manager, Manchester United have struggled. They’ve managed to win only one of their last four games, beating only Watford. To make things worse, Barcelona have managed to lose just one in their last ten games.
This run includes wins over Atletico Madrid, Olympique Lyon and twice against Real Madrid. It shows their dominance in Spain and Europe, which makes it an incredible mountain for Manchester United to climb.
Ander Herrera is still out injured along with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, and Eric Bailly.
In a game of this magnitude, there are few other goalkeepers that Manchester United can pick. A sure starter.
Given just how tough the fixture is, the Red Devils will need their captain to maintain his cool and keep them moving forward.
His performance against PSG was one of his best in a Manchester United shirt, and the Red Devils will need him to repeat that against Messi and co.
A revelation since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, the Swedish star has been Manchester United’s rock at the back.
Like Lindelof, the 23-year-old has also managed to find his stride under Solskjaer, becoming a key man in the defence.
A rejuvenated Pogba has been close to perfect for the club but he has struggled in recent weeks. The Frenchman will have to find his best form if Manchester United are to walk out as winners.
He made his debut under Jose Mourinho this season and hasn’t looked back. While the 22-year-old was on the fringes of the team, injuries have seen him return to the line-up.
The Serbian has not had the best season due to injuries but on his day, Matic has the ability to dominate games.
He stepped up against PSG and they’ll need him to do the same once again, espeically given how good a team Barcelona are.
He struggled at first but injuries have seen him find a consistent spot in Solskjaer’s team-sheet and Lukaku has taken the chance.
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The 25-year-old has done relatively well under Solskjaer, but injuries have affected his career. However, this could be the game for Lingard to prove himself, against one of the best teams in the world.
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