Sky Sports pundit reveals his prediction for Man United v FC Barcelona

Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Man United's home clash with FC Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night

Charlie Nicholas
Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas (Photo: Sky Sports)

Charlie Nicholas is backing FC Barcelona to claim a 2-1 win over Manchester United in their Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils are preparing to welcome the La Liga giants to Old Trafford in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

Manchester United have had the weekend off to prepare for the game as they dusted themselves down following the disappointment of their 2-1 loss to Wolves in the Premier League last week.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to get his Manchester United side through to the semi-finals of the Champions League, with the Red Devils currently sixth in the Premier League table.

And former Arsenal star Nicholas feels that FC Barcelona will score two away goals in a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford ahead of the return leg.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “I have this game on Wednesday [on Soccer Special] which I am thrilled about.

“Man United are on the edge of nothing. There are question marks about whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man – he is now that he has got the contract.

“Are they going to get rid of these players? There is a bit of a negative feel about the place again. Barcelona can go at them and Luke Shaw will have to get tight to Lionel Messi.

“It is a big decision for Solskjaer as they like to attack. Luis Suarez will want to do well back at Old Trafford and Messi is the best ever in my opinion.

“Philippe Coutinho may be in, and then Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are the feeders for Messi and Suarez.

“Marcus Rashford is key for Man United with his pace and movement. Man United will be ready and if you give them too much respect they will beat you.”

Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League table and three points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.

The Red Devils will return to Premier League action on Saturday night when they host West Ham United at Old Trafford.

They will then take on FC Barcelona in the return leg of their quarter-final tie in Spain on Tuesday 16 April.

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