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How will Barcelona line up against Manchester United?

It’s Champions League quarter-final time

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

Barcelona are back in Champions League action on Wednesday, as they head to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the first leg of their quarter-final.

It promises to be a great occasion between two of Europe’s biggest clubs, and Barcelona are big favourites to progress.

The team come into the game after a very impressive 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid, so let’s see who could feature against the Red Devils.


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

Ernesto Valverde will undoubtedly go with his strongest team for this game which means the defence pretty much picks itself.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will start in goal, with Jordi Alba at left-back and Gerard Pique will take on his former team alongside Clement Lenglet in central defence.

Fit-again Samuel Umtiti is also an option at centre-back, but Lenglet is the player in better form and starred at Old Trafford last season for Sevilla.

There’s also the choice between Sergi Roberto and Nelson Semedo at right-back. The Portuguese could get the nod, and he’ll need to be careful if he starts as he’s a booking away from a suspension.


FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Into midfield and it looks as though Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Arthur will get the nod.

However, Arturo Vidal is an option after sitting out the Atletico Madrid clash due to suspension, while Carles Alena may feature at some point.


FC Barcelona v Club Atletico de Madrid - La Liga Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images

The big question in attack is whether Ousmane Dembele will be fit enough to feature in the game.

It seems unlikely he will be risked from the start, but he could well be an option off the bench depending on how the game is going.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will of course start, and Valverde must then decide between Philippe Coutinho and Malcom to join them in attack.

Malcom has been bright recently, but Valverde keeps giving Coutinho chances and may favour the former Liverpool man due to his Premier League experience.

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, teams and predictions in the comments below!

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