Can Man United beat FC Barcelona at Camp Nou?
Manchester United face an uphill task after losing 1-0 to FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie
Manchester United slumped to a disappointing 1-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The result left the Red Devils facing an uphill task heading into the return leg of the last-eight tie at Camp Nou next Tuesday night.
FC Barcelona started brightly at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and they took the lead when Luis Suarez’s shot was deflected in off Luke Shaw in the 12th minute at Old Trafford.
It wasn’t a particularly thrilling affair thereafter, although FC Barcelona did show glimpses of their best in the rest of the game.
Manchester United, meanwhile, seemingly failed to click into gear at Old Trafford and they were unable to register a single shot on target during the game.
The Red Devils have not been in the best form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was confirmed as the club’s new permanent manager on 28 March 2019.
Indeed, the Red Devils have only won one and lost two of their last three games in all competition since his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s successor was officially confirmed.
Looking at some of the betting markets ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Camp Nou next week, it’s fair to say that the Red Devils are the outsiders to claim a result.
With Paddy Power, Manchester United are currently priced at around 6/1 to claim victory at FC Barcelona. The home side are the heavy favourites at around 2/5 with Paddy Power.
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That being said, some Manchester United fans will certainly be backing their side to mount a huge comeback when they travel to FC Barcelona next week.
Manchester United’s amazing 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in the return leg of their Champions League last 16 tie will clearly offer them some serious inspiration.
Interestingly, there are also potentially some similarities between Manchester United’s situation this season and Chelsea FC’s dramatic Champions League triumph under Roberto Di Matteo back in 2012.
The Blues brought in their former player to take over from a struggling manager (Andre Villas-Boas), and the Blues sealed a dramatic Champions League triumph (their only one to date), after having beaten FC Barcelona in the semi-finals.
However, whether Manchester United will be able to repeat the feat remains to be seen. The Red Devils have not looked to be at their best in recent weeks and they are facing a fight to finish in the top four.
With Manchester United currently in sixth place in the Premier League table, winning the Champions League this term may be their only chance of securing qualification for Europe’s elite club competition next season.
But they will certainly need a momentous performance if they are to seal a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League at FC Barcelona’s expense this season.