In the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Manchester United face FC Barcelona on Wednesday in the first leg. The game will take place at Old Trafford in Manchester. Referee of the match is Gianluca Rocchi from Italy. Manchester will have to relinquish their defenders Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia and striker Alexis Sánchez (knee). Uncertain is among others the use of striker Marcus Rashford (ankle).
The guests have to do without their midfielder Rafinha (knee) and Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen (muscle injury). It is questionable whether the former Dortmunder Ousmane Dembélé (muscle injury) can be used. With the hosts, it did not last as desired. The team of coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost three of his last four competitive games. Twice, Wolverhampton Wanderers had to be beaten 2-1, first in the FA Cup and then in the league.
In the knockout stages of the Champions League, however, the English made a surprise when they threw the star ensemble of Paris St. Germain out of the competition. Although the "Red Devils" lost the first leg at home with 0: 2. After a surprising 3-1 win in the second leg in Paris, but you could still look forward to progressing. Barcelona was last in impressive form. The team of coach Ernesto Valverde won five of his last six competitive matches. With a 2-0 win over closest rivals Atlético Madrid, the Catalans made the deciding victory in the Spanish championship last Saturday. In the second round of the Champions League, "Barca" prevailed against Olympique Lyon. After a 0-0 in France, they won the return leg at home clearly 5-1.
The first leg in Manchester promises to be a duel at eye level. Barcelona has never won in the Champions League at "ManU". Two of the three matches ended in a draw. The reigning Spanish champions showed away weaknesses. Although the Catalans won four of their last five away games but had the last settle in Villarreal with a 4: 4. In the 4-2 win at Sevilla FC in February, they were even halfway back even 1: 2, before you could turn the game still. The games at Old Trafford, on the other hand, have often been tight in recent weeks. In three of the last five mandatory home games of "ManU", it was halftime draw. Therefore we believe that there will be a draw after the first half.
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