Manchester United couldn’t overturn Barcelona, could they?

Manchester United’s day of reckoning is almost upon us. Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona visit the Theatre of Dreams tomorrow, with a place in the Champions League final four at stake.

Nobody thought the Red Devils would even be in this position. It looked for all the world that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Champions League journey was to fall at the first hurdle. Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford had other ideas. Their reward? A game against the best player on the planet.

The first leg will be played at home, that’s often a disadvantage. This time around, though, I feel as though it helps United. This is a team that has played their best stuff on the road with Ole at the wheel. If United can take some sort of positive result to Catalonia, you’d give us every chance at qualifying.

Team spirit is key. Since Jose Mourinho was relieved of his duties, this squad is one that now believes in themselves and their own abilities. A little confidence can go an awfully long way, particularly when you’ve got world-class players like David de Gea and Paul Pogba to call upon.

Old Trafford probably has just as big of a part to play as the eleven Red Devils who’ll be out on that field. The roar will be loud, it sounds cliche, but that stadium has to act as the twelfth man, almost sucking the ball into the Barcelona net, in a sense.

If United start well and get the fans behind them, make no mistake about it, even the mighty Barcelona will become rattled. This is a team who shipped four goals to Villareal just a week ago. Their defensive frailties are almost as well documented as ours. Perhaps our old buddy Gerard Pique can do us a favour or two…

In all seriousness, though, this Barca back line can be got at. Playing on the counter-atack is up there amongst United’s strengths. Marcus Rashford’s pace and directness will strike fear into the Catalonian back line. When you combine that with Anthony Martial’s skill and trickery, with Romelu Lukaku bringing sheer brute force to the table, this is a team that can score goals.

Yes, Barcelona are favourites, rightfully so. You’d be daft to rule out United, though. This game is much closer than people think, at the end of the day, any Champions League quarter-final game is going to be an extremely hard match-up for both teams.

Solskjaer has brought the belief back to the place, and if our top players perform and we get a little bit of luck, you just never know what can happen. I guess that’s what we all love about football.

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I'm a 25-year old aspiring writer and I created the blog as a platform to discuss all things Manchester United. Season Ticket holder block E332.

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