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How should Barcelona line up against Manchester United?

Ernesto Valverde’s side lead 1-0 from the first leg

Real Betis Balompie v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Barcelona continue their bid to lift the Champions League on Tuesday when they take on Manchester United at the Camp Nou in the second leg of their quarter-final clash.

The hosts are in a good position after a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Wednesday, but they will know they have work to do if they are to finish the job and make the last four.

Let’s have a look at who might feature against the Red Devils.


Real Betis Balompie v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Barcelona should have plenty of fresh legs in defence with Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Clement Lenglet all having sat out Saturday’s draw on over Huesca.

Samuel Umtiti put in a decent display in the 0-0 draw, but he’s likely to make way for Pique and Lenglet in central defence.

It’s between Nelson Semedo and Roberto for the right-back slot, with Jordi Alba returning at left-back and Marc-Andre ter Stegen continuing in goal.


Villarreal CF v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

Ivan Rakitic should be fit to start after missing the trip to Huesca with a fever, while Sergio Busquets should also return after being left out of the squad for the Liga clash.

Busquets was a little fortunate to avoid being sent off against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and he’ll need to be careful in the return fixture as another yellow card will see him miss the next match.

The final midfield spot looks like it will be taken by Arthur, although the Brazilian’s form has just dipped a little and Arturo Vidal and Carles Alena are also options.


FC Barcelona v Olympique Lyonnais - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Ousmane Dembele returned against Huesca, and while he looks a little way off his top form his return to fitness puts him in contention to start.

Philippe Coutinho is another option in attack alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, while Malcom will be hoping for some minutes against Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side.

Messi and Suarez both had the weekend off and should be fresh for this one. The captain was left bloodied and bruised by Chris Smalling at Old Trafford, which may just provide the GOAT with a little extra motivation on Tuesday.

Possible XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

How do you think Barcelona should line up against Manchester United? Let us know your thoughts, predictions and line-ups in the comments below!

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