Barcelona finalise decision on Philippe Coutinho’s future amid Manchester United rumours

Tanya Simon
April 16, 2019

It will be a much needed bit of confirmation for both player and club as the rumours surrounding his future have been shrouded in mystery for much of the past few months.

Two of those games were at Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and the one they lost in Valencia was when they were already through the group stage. "I don't mind if it is in the 93rd minute".

However, Man Utd will continue to be without the services of Ander Herrera as the Spaniard remains on the sidelines with a muscle issue while Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia also haven't made the trip to Spain today. The forward was rested for Saturday's La Liga goalless draw at bottom club Huesca.

"We have to play our own way".

"We didn't stamp our authority on the game at home", the Norwegian added.

"We are physically taller than them, we are bigger than them".

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez during the warm up before the match at the Old Trafford in Manchester February 12, 2019.

Barcelona have progressed from 39 of their 41 European ties in which they won the first leg away from home - the exceptions were against FC Koln in the 1980-81 UEFA Cup, and against Metz in the 1984-85 Cup Winners' Cup.

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"Their spirit - also the power and pace they have in their side. Maybe he's more likely for the Barcelona game".

There was a caveat to Valverde's talk of past United glory at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has had more shots without finding the net than any other player in the Champions League this season (33).

A total of 90% of Manchester United's Champions League goals this season have come away from home (nine out of 10).

Barcelona's talisman has not scored in 12 Champions League, but Valverde wasn't anxious by that, or his clubs recent struggles at this stage of the competition.

Solskjaer said he will not be anxious if United do not score early and is aware they may have to be patient if they are to proceed to the semi-finals for the first since 2011.

Alexis Sanchez was named among Manchester United's travelling contingent as they bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona (live on RTÉ2).

Similarly United's chance of winning the Champions League this season has reduced to around 1%.

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