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The two sides meet at Old Trafford for the quarter-final first leg - and you can catch all the action on BT Sport 2 from 7pm or live stream via the app.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON believes Chris Smalling is key to preventing Lionel Messi from “torturing” Man United.

It is the first time the two clubs have faced off on the European stage since the final in 2011 when Messi dominated United at Wembley.

Red Devils defender Smalling is thriving at the prospect of facing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, and his old boss believes he will be crucial.

Fergie wrote in his 2013 autobiography: “You need centre-backs who are prepared to drop right on top of Messi and not worry about what is happening behind them.

“He will drift away to the side. That’s fine. He’s less of a threat on the side than he is through the centre.

“After the inquest I told myself: ‘When we play Barcelona next time in a Champions League final, I would have Jones and Smalling, or Smalling and Evans, right on top of Messi. I wasn’t going to let him torture us again.”

April 10, 20191:37 pm

April 10, 20191:18 pm
Here's some lunchtime trivia as we begin our countdown to kick-off at 8pm tonight.

That Messi one is a bit scary…

In United's last seven fixtures, the game has finished with both teams scoring.
Barcelona have won eight of their last nine games, with the only blot a 4-4 epic against Villarreal.
Lionel Messi has ten goals in his last six games for the Catalan giants.
In their last six matches, Barca have netted NINE goals after the 80th minute.
United's recent record against Barca reads W1 D4 L3.
April 10, 20191:00 pm
THERE was enough Champions League drama last night to keep us all busy for a week – but that was just the beginning.

With Spurs and Liverpool doing the business on Tuesday, now it's time for Manchester United to face Barcelona in what could prove to be tie of the round.

Four months ago United fans would have been dreading a contest like this against Lionel Messi and Co.

But with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now permanently installed as boss and the Paris Saint-Germain miracle fresh in the mind, there's optimism of another European shock.

United head into the game on the back of a little wobble in the league, where they've lost two of their last three and slipped back to 6th in the race for the top four.

Barcelona meanwhile arrive in fine fettle – they've built up a nine point lead in La Liga and look a sure-thing to retain their domestic title.

And in Messi, they possess a player who just seems to get better and better as the years go by – and it's going to take something special to try contain him tonight.

More on him later – SunSport will be with you throughout the afternoon as we build up to the first-leg at Old Trafford.