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How Barcelona could line up against Manchester United

How Barcelona could line up against Manchester United

Ahead of Barelona’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United, Sports Mole at how the Spanish champions could line up.

Barcelona‘s quest for a sixth Champions League crown takes them to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening as they face Manchester United for a place in the semi-finals.

The Spanish giants beat Lyon 5-1 in the last 16, scoring each of their goals in the second leg following a goalless draw in the opening 90 minutes.

Ernesto Valverde‘s men will now be aiming for a repeat of the 2009 and 2011 finals when overcoming Man United in both matches.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Barca could line up for the first leg.


Out: Rafinha (knee)
Doubtful: Ousmane Dembele (hamstring)

Rafinha is Barcelona’s only confirmed absentee for Tuesday’s match, having been ruled out for the season back in December with a knee injury.

Valverde is also waiting to check on the fitness of Dembele, who has not been used since the win against Lyon nearly a month ago.

Assuming the French forward is unavailable, it is unlikely that Valverde will revert from the norm. Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho and fit-again striker Luis Suarez were again used up top against Atletico Madrid at the weekend and should retain their places here.

There is a big selection call to be made in central midfield, though, as Arturo Vidal is back from a suspension that ruled him out of the 2-0 win against Atleti, leaving him battling with Arthur for a starting berth alongside Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets.

At right-back, it is a straight choice between Sergi Roberto – used for 84 minutes on Saturday – and Nelson Semedo.

> Click here to see how Man United could line up for this fixture

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates completing his hat-trick against Real Betis on March 17, 2019

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