Manchester United will be aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit, and reach the last four of the Champions League, when we play the second leg of our quarter-final against Barcelona, today.
After a closely fought first leg at Old Trafford, it is Luis Suarez’s header, that deflected in off Luke Shaw for an own goal, that separates the two sides going into the crucial second tie with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad looking to draw inspiration from last month’s staggering turnaround against Paris Saint-Germain to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
United produced a memorable away display to retrieve their round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain and reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2013/14. Barcelona ultimately cruised through their last-16 contest against Lyon en route to an unprecedented 12th successive last-eight appearance – although their last three UEFA Champions League campaigns have all ended at this stage.
United won their second European Cup at the Camp Nou, coming from a goal down to beat Bayern München 2-1 in the 1999 final with two added-time goals – substitute Solskjær scoring the winner.
While there is little between the sides overall, United recording three victories to Barcelona’s five in their 12 meetings, the Spanish side have won the last three fixtures – the first two on the biggest club stage of all.
The 2009 UEFA Champions League final in Rome went Barça’s way thanks to a goal in each half from Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi. Two years later, Messi scored in between goals from Pedro Rodríguez and David Villa as Barcelona ran out 3-1 victory at Wembley, Wayne Rooney with United’s only response.
Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets joined Messi in Barcelona’s line-up for both finals with United coach Michael Carrick in the opposing team for both games and Antonio Valencia appearing in 2011, when Chris Smalling was an unused substitute.
United did get the better of Barcelona in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League semi-finals, Paul Scholes scoring the only goal of the tie in the Old Trafford second leg after United’s Cristiano Ronaldo had missed an early penalty at the Camp Nou.
Barça have never lost at home to United (W2 D2), although the last two fixtures have both been draws.
Barcelona inflicted United’s heaviest UEFA Champions League defeat, a 4-0 reverse at the Camp Nou in the 1994/95 group stage in which Hristo Stoichkov scored twice.