Messi fit for Barca as United attempt another comeback

Ashley Young is just as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo it was claimed in 2008

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde made 10 changes to the team that had beaten United 1-0 in Wednesday's first leg as well as handing three players their La Liga debuts and the unfamiliar team failed to break down the league's basement club. They have shown it this season and they won a European Cup here showing it. We respect them as a team, and the history they have behind them.

"It's possible that Messi rests", the coach said in a news conference before announcing the squad.

The victor of this quarter-final will face the victor of Liverpool against Porto, where the Reds have a 2-0 advantage going into the second leg. After an impressive win against Manchester United in an away tie, they will switch their focus on the league which is nearly done and dusted.

The Barcelona talisman initially laid face-first on the floor as play went on before revealing his injury once the game had stopped.

"Of course the PSG performance gives us hope and belief we can do it, but we know we are playing against probably the favorites for the tournament", said Solskjaer.

And the Norwegian manager has revealed that the Scotland worldwide was kept fresh ahead of United's Champions League game against Barcelona in midweek. He added: 'We all draw from old experiences.

Suarez came very close to breaking his scoreless streak last week at Old Trafford, when his header deflected off Luke Shaw before finding the net for an own-goal by the United defender in the 1-0 victory for Barcelona.

'We don't want them to score but our game plan as always will be to try to score, anything else would be absurd'.

Having been able to rest the majority of their first team at the weekend, the Catalans should be much fresher and their daunting home form in this competition means it is extremely hard to oppose them.

Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona were on Saturday, April 13, forced to a goalless draw by bottom placed club SD Huesca in La Liga encounter.

Barcelona's medical staff then rushed onto the pitch to Messi's aid to stop the blood-flow. The previous result against Atletico Madrid [a 2-0 win that all but sowed up the title] allowed us to do that'.

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