April 10th, 2019

Man United v Barca-Who will score first?

The biggest and most intriguing fixture this week in the Champions League surely goes to Manchester United who welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford tonight at 8pm. With Juventus and Ajax playing on the other side.

From Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December, before being appointed the permanent manager in March after a record breaking spell. United looked a completely changed team and the ‘Manchester United way’ was back!

OGS broke many club records, from winning his first six Premier League games which was a record set by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. Also winning his first eight games as Man United manager in all competitions, breaking the late great Sir Matt Busby’s record of five straight. He also added nine straight away wins which kept his 100% record in-tact. I mean, who can forget United’s stunning comeback in the Champions League away to French-giants PSG?

Winning the Premier League Manager of the month award topped these other accolades. However, reality has hit the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hype movement like a stalled car on a motorway. A first defeat came to Arsenal in the league, and then Wolves in the FA Cup and again in the league, brought fans back down to reality.

The run United went on when their hero of 1999 stepped in to replace Jose Mourinho took a ton of records – the best start for a United manager ever. Now OGS and the United lads face their toughest test to date, a fixture with Barcelona in the biggest stage of all!

United will face magician Lionel Messi, who is a man that has tormented even the likes of the dynasty duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the past. The Argentine has scored 40 goals in 43 games this season, and scored 10 in his last six games. Incredible.

Barcelona are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive Champions League quarter-final exit in the last eight of this season’s competition. Can the Red Devils overcome the odds? Are Barcelona likely to be as fragile as PSG? There are so many questions that need answered.

The Spaniard’s Barca should win this game on paper but will be without fullback Rafinha and possibly striker Ousmane Dembele who is doubtful. United’s Ander Herrera has been ruled out of the tie, while Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford are hoped to be fit in time for kickoff.

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