Manchester United vs Barcelona Champions League Highlights: Barcelona take 1-0 lead from first leg

Manchester United vs Barcelona Champions League Highlights: Barcelona take 1-0 lead from first leg

Manchester United vs Barcelona Highlights: Luis Suarez scored early in the first half and while Manchester United tested the Barcelona defence on a number of occasions in the second half

Manchester United vs Barcelona Highlights: Luis Suarez’s headr was deflected in by Luke Shaw to give Barca the advantage. (Reuters Photo)

Manchester United vs Barcelona Highlights: Luis Suarez’s header took a deflection off Luke Shaw and Barcelona scored early in the first half to put a cloud over Manchester United’s hopes of pulling off an upset at the end of this two-legged quarter-final fixture. While it was initially deemed that Suarez was offside and the goal was disallowed, VAR stepped in and the referee overturned the decision.

Barcelona have themselves pulled off the greatest comeback of all time against PSG to reach the quarter-final two years ago but they had no such troubles against Lyon. It was a straightforward 5-1 win for them and they would hope that it would remain the case on Wednesday.

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Manchester United vs Barcelona Highlights:

FULL TIME! Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona

United have missed a chance here. Barcelona were vulnerable in defence all along and United had made 10 attempts. None of them were on target. Their crosses hardly met their intended targets. 

90 mins

3 minutes of added time. Barcelona trying to kill off the game by hogging possession. United are chasing the ball all over the park but Barca have a vice grip on the ball. 

85 mins

McTominay plays in Martial inside the box. Martial is on his bike and Pique puts in a spectacular tackle to put the danger away. 

81 mins

Barca win a free kick just outside the box on the right. It is a Messi range free kick and it is Messi who takes it. He drills it along the ground under the wall, the ball takes a deflection of a Barca player, De Gea had gone the wrong way but the deflection not only changes the ball's direction, it takes some pace off it as well. De Gea somehow goes to his right to hold on to the ball. That was a hear in mouth moment for the Old Trafford faithful. 

79 mins

Rashford crosses from the left, Pogba and Martial are in the middle, with Lukaku having been subbed off earlier, the ball is headed away by Pique and Lingard is penalised at the edge of the box for a high foot on Vidal. 

75 mins

Barcelona have regained control of the match. United's attacks are drying out and Barcelona able to get Messi involved more often now. The Argentine tried to wriggle through a clutch of United defenders in his typical way but the ball is kicked away from him. 

69 mins

Fred smothers the ball out of Busquets and passes it to Pogba. He goes down to a challenge from Vidal and United get a free kick 25 yards away. 

64 mins

Semedo plays in Suarez on the right who gets in behind a ball-watching United defence. He takes the shot at the near post and it hits the side netting. 

60 mins gone

Much ado about nothing. Barcelona are not hogging possession the way they did in the first half and United are putting some consistent pressure up front. But they are undoing their own good work with loose passes and shots. 

50 mins

United all over Barcelona at the start of this second half. A cross from Pogba was punched away by Ter Stegen but it came straight to Rashford. He goes for a shot first time way too early and the shot is woefully off target. 


Barcelona would be relieved to hear that whistle. In Amsterdam, Juventus are leading 1-0 thanks to, no prizes for guessing, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

40 mins

Barcelona have the lion's share of possession but they have looked vulnerable whenever United have pressed them at the back. 

36 mins

The first big stop of the night by David De Gea. Lenglet opens up the United defence with a long pass that finds Suarez inside the box. Smalling hounding him because of which Suarez is unable to turn around and take the shot. Smalling tips it away from him but it only goes to Coutinho whose shot is parried away by De Gea. 

27 mins

United showing some impetus now. McTominay is played in Pogba and then goes down to an apparent challenge from Pique inside the box. The referee is not interested and then he stops the play because Messi is on the ground with blood oozing out of his nose. Smalling had clobbered him in the face when the pair were contesting for the ball earlier. 

25 mins

Diogo Dalot charges down the field on the left and plays it back to Pogba who crosses it. Lukaku is in the middle and is the target but the ball goes just above his head and out for a goal kick.

19 mins

Busquet yellow carded for a challenge on Pogba. He wasn't given anything for that shocker of a tackle against McTominay earlier. The free kick comes to nothing for United. 

15 mins

Suarez is being given the goal, despite the fact that his header was not going towards the target before taking a deflection of Shaw. Shaw could have hardly done anything about it though. 

GOAL! United 0-1 Barcelona (Suarez 13 mins)

It's that old nemesis again, Luis Suarez silences Old Trafford. Messi with a cross from left to Suarez near the touchline, the Uruguayan tries to head it back across goal, the ball takes a deflection off Shaw and goes in. Suarez is called offside initially, but VAR steps in and says that he is not and the goal stands. 

10 mins

Barcelona are absolutely hogging the ball but they looked vulnerable the one time that Pogba threaded a pass through for Marcus Rashford. Ter Stegen had to come off his line to kick that out. Rashford then tested Pique a few minutes later by directing a lofted pass into emty field and sprinted towards it. Pique had a head start of two feet and got to it first.  

4 mins

Barcelona dominate possession, as one would expect, but United get a free kick from about 25 yards out just left of centre when Busquets slams into McTominay's right shin. 


Barcelona in fluorescent green get the first leg going. They are attacking from right to left. United in their iconic home colours. 


He is back at Old Trafford and the United faithful will have many unpleasant memories of the Uruguayan, particularly a certain Mr. Evra. He reaches a personal milestone today. 

The teams are in the tunnel

Lionel Messi and Ashley Young standing up front, ready to lead their teams out onto the Old Trafford pitch. A slight difference in stature between the two captains here. 

Head to head

These two sides have met each other 12 times. United have won three of these matches while Barca have won four. The last time United beat Barcelona was in 2008, the year they went on to win the Champions League. Fans of who have watched that match would probably never forget Paul Scholes' missile that sealed the tie. This, of course, was followed up by the defeats in 2009 and 2011, when United were absolutely schooled by arguably the greatest midfield of all time. 


United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, McTominay, Pogba, Dalot; Lukaku, Rashford

SubsRomero, Jones, Mata, Martial, Lingard, Pereira, Rojo

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho

Subs: Cillessen, Dembélé, Malcom, Roberto, Vidal, Umtiti, Alena

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The Round of 16 match against PSG was touted as the biggest at Old Trafford in the post-Ferguson era but this one dwarfs that. Barcelona possess Lionel Messi who seems to have found another gear this season. He has powered Barcelona's bike in La Liga this season and United face a tricky situation here. They know then need a lead of some kind from this game, but commit too many men forward and Barcelona can kill the game on the counter. They pulled off one of the great upsets in Champions League history by sinking PSG in the latter's home ground, now they are looking to follow that up with a bigger miracle than that. 

Manchester United vs Barcelona Highlights: There are instances in a club’s history that can transform the mood and break barriers and as Manchester United prepare to face Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, the class of 2019 were reminded about one such breakthrough moment.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant Mike Phelan was part of the United team which beat Barca in the 1991 European Cup Winners’ Cup — ending a 23-year wait for a second European title after their famous European Cup win in 1968. It was just the second trophy won by manager Alex Ferguson at United following the FA Cup triumph the previous season and the biggest prize since their last English league title in 1967.