Manchester United’s big moment is here. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads his Red Devils into battle against Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona.
After overcoming Paris Saint-Germain in dramatic circumstances in the last round, United will feel confident that they can pull off an upset again, although they’ll have to do far better in the first leg.
On Wednesday, Old Trafford will be roaring. It could be one of those famous nights and the fans will play a massive part, as will the starting line-up that the manager names. Let’s get right into that…
To be honest, this team pretty much picks itself. David de Gea will obviously play in goal and he’ll be hoping to impress against the team from his homeland.
United’s now customary full-back duo of Ashley Young and Luke Shaw will definitely start. Both are serving domestic suspensions, so both will be putting absolutely everything into this one. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof is our best centre-back pairing at present. Why break that up?
Nemanja Matic isn’t the player he once was but his experience could be key here. The Serbian will sit at the base of the midfield, with Ander Herrera playing just ahead of him. He’ll be tasked with bringing the energy to the table while we’ll be counting on Paul Pogba’s creativity to do the damage.
For the front three I want you to ignore their positions. All will switch and change depending on the attack, and I must admit it was tough to leave Jesse Lingard out of the side. Anthony Martial deserves a start, as does Marcus Rashford. Romelu Lukaku will play after his heroics in Paris.