How Ernesto Valverde's men could line up against Manchester United

Rex Christensen
April 16, 2019

Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez were included in the 22-man squad that flew out to Spain today ahead of Manchester United's clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may turn to him after his side failed to muster a shot on target in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in last week's first leg.

The return of Alexis Sanchez will most definitely be a boost for Man United but we do not expect the Chilean to start the game for two main reasons.

Marcus Rashford is in the squad and will be pushing for a recall after being rested against the Hammers on Saturday while Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof are also in-line for recalls after being given breathers at the weekend.

The former Red feels Manchester United have gone off the boil in recent weeks under Solskjaer and as such, they will not be able to get a win against Manchester City.

Asked if the prospect facing his current side on Tuesday was more hard, Solskjaer said: "In football, anything can happen. We can defend well, we are a fit team and I don't mind if it goes to the 93rd minute".

He has fond memories of the Nou camp having scored the victor there for United in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

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This time, Solskjær suggested, United have a physical advantage and will field a taller team than Barcelona but he insisted that would not dominate their approach. You saw that in the first leg.

To make matters worse Barca have not lost a European tie at home for 30 games.

"We're in the business end, playing games Manchester United are used to playing".

His wages have caused a split in the United dressing room and Solskjaer admits if Sanchez gets some game time in the Nou Camp he needs to deliver the goods.

Sanchez was handed a contract worth 500,000-a-week, but has proved to be one of the most expensive failures in the club's history.

Marouane Fellaini is the only player to score for United at home in the Champions League this season and Solskjaer has warned his frontline they need to improve.

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