We’re less than an hour away until kickoff between Manchester United and Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford.
The visitors arrive in England as the bookmakers’ favourites to win both this evening’s game and the tie. However, they expected Paris Saint-Germain to eliminate us in the last round and look how that turned out…
Barcelona have never won a European tie at Old Trafford, with us beating them twice and drawing twice in our four encounters on home soil.
The two teams for this evening’s game are confirmed as:
David de Gea; Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Diogo Dalot, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Sergio Romero, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial
Scott McTominay and Fred partner in front of the back four as both Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic miss out through injury. The two central midfielders can expect to be in for a long evening as Barcelona can expect to dominate possession. Andreas Pereira is an option from the bench.
Marcus Rashford is fit to return to the starting lineup and appears to be playing down the left wing with Diogo Dalot on the right. Paul Pogba will play behind Romelu Lukaku. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of attacking options among the substitutes – Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho
Substitutes: Jasper Cillessen, Samuel Umtiti, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, Malcom, Ousmane Dembele, Carlos Alena
Former Manchester United centre-back Gerard Pique starts alongside Clement Lenglet in defence, with Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo expected to bomb on from full-back. Semedo is the only change from the starting XI that beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 over the weekend.
Arthur is part of a central midfield three along with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, whilst there are no surprises from Ernesto Valverde with the front three. Ousmane Dembele is back among the substitutes after his injury lay-off of late.