Michael Owen states his prediction for FC Barcelona v Man United
Former Man United striker Michael Owen doesn't expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to complete a memorable comeback on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to exit the Champions League on Tuesday night at the hands of FC Barcelona.
The Red Devils will make the trip to Camp Nou hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their quarter-final after Luke Shaw’s own goal proved to be the difference between the two teams last week.
Manchester United have reason to be positive given the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to beat Paris Saint-Germain on aggregate in the round of 16.
Solskjaer’s side were 3-1 winners at Parc des Princes thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford to cause a big upset in the French capital.
La Liga leaders FC Barcelona are seasoned competitors in the Champions League and have won the competition twice in this decade so far.
Former Manchester United striker Owen is tipping the Red Devils to battle to a valiant draw but ultimately exit the competition on Tuesday night.
“Barcelona have a one-goal advantage from the first leg at Old Trafford and are unbeaten in their last 30 home Champions League ties, but I feel United will give them plenty to think about in the Nou Camp although I do feel it will be the Spanish side who qualify for the semi-final,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returns to the scene of his greatest night in a Manchester United shirt when he came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League Final against Bayern Munich.
“United have already shown in Paris that they can overcome a first leg deficit and I wonder if Barcelona – who have kept clean sheets in their last three games – will not know whether to stick or twist with a slender one goal lead from the first leg.
“I feel United will score but it might not be enough for another memorable comeback success.”
The Red Devils have drawn with FC Barcelona at Camp Nou in their two previous visits in the Champions League back in 1994 and 1998.
Manchester United might need to win the Champions League to secure their place in the competition next season given the intense battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League this term.