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.
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.
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.
McTominay plays in Martial inside the box. Martial is on his bike and Pique puts in a spectacular tackle to put the danger away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barcelona have the lion's share of possession but they have looked vulnerable whenever United have pressed them at the back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 - Luis Suarez will be the fifth Uruguayan 🇺🇾 player to reach 50+ appearances in the @ChampionsLeague, after Diego Godín & Edinson Cavani (59) and Maxi Pereira & Paolo Montero (57). Milestone. pic.twitter.com/Xbwz6BP2wQ— OptaJose (@OptaJose) 10 April 2019
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
Subs: Romero, 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.