Manchester United are looking forward to the clash with FC Barcelona

The Red Devils look back at previous contests between the two sides on their official website after being drawn against each other in the quarter finals of the Champions League

El gol de Messi al Manchester United en la final de la Champions 2011 en Wembley |

The Champions League is heating up and everyone is counting down the days until Manchester United and FC Barcelona meet in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final. On the English club's official website, they've looked back at previous encounters between the two sides.

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In an article titled "Barcelona tie is what the Champions is all about", they talk about the 'bad luck' which United have faced so far in the draws. They were handed a tough test against PSG in the Round of 16 and now come up against FC Barcelona in the quarter finals.

It's structured as if an open letter to their supporters in an attempt to boost morale ahead of a daunting fixture. For those worried about the size of the task facing Ole and his team, remember how we were written off completely at the time of the draw with Paris Saint-Germain." United lost 0-2 at home to PSG and, with so many senior players unavailable for the return leg in France, Solskjaer and his team produced a stunning comeback to knockout Mbappe and company.

Ahead of the quarter final clash, United also wanted to explain the differences between this current Barça side and the one which beat them in the 2009 and 2011 finals "Yes, Lionel Messi and co are firmly on course for another La Liga title but some pundits feel they are not at the all-conquering level of the Pep Guardiola teams who defeated United in both the 2009 and 2011 finals."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself has a long and successful history in the Champions League. He won the treble in 1998 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to secure a last gasp victory over Bayern Munich.


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