Lionel Messi's record against English sides in the Champions League

Lionel Messi's record against English sides in the Champions League

Lionel Messi's record against English sides in the Champions League

The lessons learned from United's last-16 first-leg match at home to Paris Saint-Germain should stand them in good stead when hosting Barcelona, according to Solskjaer. "I was injured or just coming back from being injured for the first game [against PSG], so it was nice to be able to test yourself against the best, and I think PSG are one of the best teams in the world".

"At the end of his career he had injury problems but training with him you could see that he had that quality to score goals". They have momentum, which is more than can be said of the team they will meet in Manchester. "We have to be switched on from the first minute until the last".

Manchester United would be loathe to lose De Gea and Pogba given their status as key players within the current squad.

"I was 17, very young and he was one of the veterans and, for sure, he helped me a lot to adapt to the club, to the country, to the city".

"They consider the Premier League the same as the Champions League here - if not more important - and since the Ferguson era they've been the biggest team and will keep on being the biggest team".

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"This season we have played Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and Kylian Mbappe at PSG". I lived here on my own and you learn a lot that way. "It is going to be a tough game and we hope to be able to win", he continued.

Rashford, on the other hand, is faster than the Belgian and his pace can embarrass the Barcelona defenders if he manages to beat them.

Over two legs, though, United are on a prayer and I doubt that even die-hard supporters expect them to progress.

"Pressure would be if we'd never won it or if this was the only title left for us [to win] this season", he said.

"All our draws this season - be it FA Cup or Champions League - we don't have the easy draws, and we thrive off playing big teams like that", the centre-back told United's official magazine. They've scored two goals in eight of their last nine games, and it seems likely that they'll find the net here in this one. "There's a lot of excitement".

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