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Manchester United vs. Barcelona: Preview, Live Stream, TV Info for UCL Match

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 9, 2019

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates his goal during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 6, 2019. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will face his biggest trial as Manchester United manager when the Red Devils host Barcelona in their opening UEFA Champions League quarter-final leg at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

United have lost three times in their last four games and face a Barca side unbeaten in their previous 16 competitive outings (not including the Catalunya Super Cup defeat to Girona).

The English outfit have improved under Solskjaer's care but dropped back to sixth in the Premier League following their recent dip. Barca, meanwhile, lead La Liga by 11 points and are on the cusp of securing back-to-back titles for the first time since 2011.

A dramatic 3-1 win comeback at Paris Saint-Germain saw United through the last 16 on away goals, but they shouldn't be able to rely upon a similar second-leg turnaround at the Camp Nou if they fall at home.

      

Date: Wednesday, April 10

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Live Stream: B/R Live (U.S.), BT Sport app (UK), Univision Deportes en Vivo (U.S.), fuboTV (U.S.)

TV Info: BT Sport 2 (UK), TNT USA (U.S.), Univision Deportes (U.S.)

        

Odds

Manchester United: 13-5

Draw: 13-5

Barcelona: 21-20

Via Oddschecker.com.

       

Preview

Barcelona travel to Old Trafford as the bookmakers' favourites despite the fact they've failed to win in four trips, losing twice (1984, 2008) and drawing twice (1994, 1998).

United legend Paul Scholes thundered in the only goal when the teams last met in Manchester 11 years ago, but their last clash was a convincing 3-1 triumph in Barca's favour at Wembley Stadium in the 2011 final:

That was the last season in which United made it past the quarter-finals of this competition, and Solskjaer could be found out of his depth after the initial shine of his appointment appears to have dulled slightly. A win on Wednesday would swiftly put some of those doubts to bed.

It was the Norwegian's goal at the Camp Nou against Bayern Munich that clinched the Champions League in 1999.

With that comeback in mind, Solskjaer has urged his players to summon that same spirit in attempting to topple arguably the best team in the world, per ITV:

ITV Football @itvfootball

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to replicate the spirit of @ManUtd's treble winners as they prepare for @FCBarcelona clash 💪🔴 https://t.co/CXarflACLU #MUFC #RedDevils #MUNBAR https://t.co/SFmll87tM3

The fact United are priced 13-5 at home indicates the standing that Ernesto Valverde's Barca have in European football.

Valverde's men will try to boss possession, so it's likely United will need to play on the break.

Barca are unbeaten in 16 matches, but their recent 4-4 draw Villarreal—where they trailed 4-2 heading in the closing minutes—showed there are chinks in the armour to be exposed. It's worth noting Valverde started that game with a much-changed team, however.

One of those who didn't start at the Estadio de la Ceramica was Lionel Messi, whose figures this season once again look remarkable:

FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona

This season 👑 Leo #Messi: 📅 40 appearances ⚽ 43 goals 👟 21 assists 🎯 7 goals from free kicks 🎩 4 hat-tricks Top scorer in La Liga ✅ Top scorer in UCL ✅ Most assists in La Liga ✅ https://t.co/MfHZGAImeo

He came on in that match to score before aiding Luis Suarez in converting the 4-4 equaliser. The same pair scored in a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

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