Philippe Coutinho warns FC Barcelona about Man United duo
FC Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho is wary of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku ahead of their Champions League meeting
Philippe Coutinho has identified Manchester United pair Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku as the biggest threats to FC Barcelona ahead of their Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils will welcome the Spanish side to Old Trafford in the first leg of their last-eight clash as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to become the first Manchester United manager to reach the semi-finals since Sir Alex Ferguson.
FC Barcelona will start the last-eight tie as clear favourites given that the Catalan side are sitting 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
The Spanish side beat Manchester United in the Champions League finals in 2009 and 2011 to deny the Red Devils a fifth European crown.
However, Manchester United have managed to upset the odds on a number of occasions under Solskjaer this season.
The Red Devils managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the previous round to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 at Parc des Princes to progress to the quarter-finals.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Coutinho has warned his FC Barcelona team-mates about Manchester United duo Lukaku and Pogba ahead of the first leg of their quarter-final.
“It’s complicated to describe what you have to do to win against this team. For a start, Manchester United have a great goalkeeper and huge players in attack,” said Coutinho, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
“Pogba and Lukaku are capable of hurting any defence and Pogba, in particular, is a great player.
“We will have to be very careful to stop him because he can generate a lot of problems for us and I think the duel with Pique will be important in both matches.
“United have had some inconsistent results recently, but it’s clear they have improved in every area under Solskjaer.
“For me, the key for both sides is going to be in attack. Whoever wins that battle will be in the semi-final – and I’m confident it will be Barca.
“If we play with our usual character and style, then we can win at Old Trafford.”
Manchester United are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table in the race to secure a spot in the Champions League for next season.