Sky Sports pundit gives his prediction for FC Barcelona v Man United
Charlie Nicholas is tipping FC Barcelona to ease to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night
Charlie Nicholas is backing FC Barcelona to ease to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils will be hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit in Spain after Luke Shaw’s own goal proved to be the difference between the two sides last week.
Manchester United struggled to find a way past Ernesto Valverde’s side in the first leg but the Red Devils reserved their best performance in the Champions League this season for a game on the road.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes last month.
Marcus Rashford’s late penalty secured Manchester United’s progress on away goals after successfully overturning a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.
FC Barcelona have won their last five games at Camp Nou and the defending Spanish champions have only lost one home fixture in the 2018-19 season.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas is backing FC Barcelona to ease to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night.
“I think this is just too much for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. I am amazed they are still in this. Can they go and win at the Nou Camp? They have proved me wrong twice, first at Juventus and secondly against PSG,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“They went without Paul Pogba to PSG and brought the kids on, managing to get the job done. He was tactically clever and had to switch the formation.
“He changed it and it worked a treat. This is different, however. Luis Suarez was good but Lionel Messi was quiet at Old Trafford and they both had a rest at the weekend.
“I have never heard Messi come out and make a statement, saying how he wants to return the Champions League to Barcelona, so I expect him to turn up and produce something for the fans.
“The problem is getting the ball for Manchester United and Barcelona can be ruthless at home. Messi will perform to the level that we are used to and United are not playing well currently.”
Manchester United haven’t won the Champions League since 2008.
The Red Devils have lost to FC Barcelona in Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011.
Solskjaer’s side are in fifth place in the Premier League table.