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Your essential guide to Barcelona v United

Monday 15 April 2019 16:21

Manchester United will be aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit, and reach the last four of the Champions League, when we play the second leg of our quarter-final against Barcelona on Tuesday.

After a closely fought first leg at Old Trafford, it is Luis Suarez's header, that deflected in off Luke Shaw for an own goal, that separates the two sides going into the crucial second tie with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad looking to draw inspiration from last month's staggering turnaround against Paris Saint-Germain to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of this mouthwatering encounter...

Barcelona v United: Key match details

Tuesday 16 April | Champions League | Nou Camp | 20:00 BST kick-off | Live build-up on MUTV from 18:30 BST | Referee: Felix Brych


The match kicks off at 20:00 BST on Tuesday and will be shown on BT Sport in the UK. MUTV subscribers will be able to watch live build-up on 'Match Day' from 18:30 BST followed by live radio commentary and post-match reaction. You can also stay up-to-date with all of the action on ManUtd.com and in the Official App, which you can download here.


Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic are in the United squad that has travelled to Catalonia on Monday afternoon as both near a return to the first team after spells on the sidelines. Alexis, who spent three seasons at the Nou Camp as a player, has been out of action since the beginning of March with a knee injury while Matic has missed the last three fixtures with a muscle strain.

Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly have not travelled to Barcelona as they continue to recover from their respective injuries while Luke Shaw will be suspended for the second leg due to the defender picking up a third yellow card in the competition, resulting in a one-match ban.


The hosts have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the second leg. Luis Suarez limped off the pitch at Old Trafford but has since recovered and is able to play while Lionel Messi, who was on the receiving end of a collision with Chris Smalling, appears fine to lead the side. 


Following last week's first leg in Manchester, Barcelona were held to a draw by bottom-of-the-league Huesca on Saturday. Coach Ernesto Valverde fielded a shadow side ahead of Tuesday's second leg with six first-team players absent including Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets.

The closest Barca got to making a breakthrough was when Malcom hit a post from an acute angle in the second half but, despite this small setback, the hosts are still set to waltz to a 26th La Liga title, thanks to a healthy nine-point margin over Atletico Madrid.

Memorable match

In November 1998, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were on the scoresheet as United and Barcelona shared the points in a thrilling 3-3 draw in the group stage of the Champions League.


Two of the best goalkeepers in the business will go head-to-head in this week's second leg. David De Gea's abilities between the sticks are well known to every United fan but Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen has played just as much of an integral role in the hosts' backline as the Spaniard has with the Reds.

After joining from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2014, Ter Stegen has gone on to become one of Europe's best shot stoppers. In the Champions League this season, the Germany international has kept four clean sheets from his eight matches and conceded five goals in that time. Meanwhile, in all competitions, the 26-year old has conceded under a goal a game, on average.

He's a keeper!

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has kept four clean sheets from his eight matches played in the Champions League this season, conceding five goals.


Experienced German official Felix Brych will take charge of our quarter-final second leg on Tuesday. It’s his second United game of the season, after handling the 1-0 win over Young Boys in the group stage at Old Trafford.

The 43-year-old will be assisted by Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp with Pavel Královec as the fourth official. VAR, which ultimately decided the outcome of the first tie, will be in operation again.


Three other quarter-finals will be played over the next two days. Juventus and Ajax could not be separated after a 1-1 draw at the Johan Cruyff Arena, however the Old Lady have a potentially vital away goal going into the second leg in Turin. On Wednesday, it is finely poised in the all-English tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, with Spurs carrying a 1-0 advantage to the Etihad Stadium. Finally, Liverpool have a relatively comfortable two-goal cushion going into their second leg against Porto.

You can see the full list of fixtures below...


Barcelona v UNITED
Juventus v Ajax


Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Porto v Liverpool

All ties kick off at 20:00 BST.

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