Tomorrow’s Champions league game against Barcelona should an exciting match. United will certainly have to score if have any chance of qualifying to the next round. While Barcelona and Messi and try to get the first goal. Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic has traveled with the team to Barcelona and they are close to returning to the squad after injury.
Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly didn’t travel because they are still recovering from their injuries. Luke Shaw is suspended for this second leg match because he picked up a yellow card in the Champions League tournament that gave him a one-match ban.
Barcelona don’t have any current injury concerns as Luis Suarez who limped off the pitch at Old Trafford is ready to play. The same goes for Messi who collided with Chris Smalling appears to be fine to take the pitch.
I think that United has to go for it from the very start and try to score first and early. If we can do that then the whole complextion of the match can change. We need to play with both bravery and intelligence. We would need to attack a little bit more than usual, because we can’t afford to be 2-0 down on aggregate and expect us to get a miracle in order to win this game.
We need to reduce the passing lanes that Messi could have. The more passing lanes that we can cut-off it will be even better for us. We have to keep our concentration high at all times. I know we won’t get much of the ball, but when we do have it, we must break quickly and punish them when the chances present themselves. We have to manage the match well. We need to make sure that we don’t provide them with too many opportunities with set-pieces. Messi is a great free-kick and penalty taker and we can’t afford to foul the Barcelona players just outside or in the box.