Man United have unfinished business with Barcelona

Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw paired Manchester United and Barcelona together for their first competitive meeting since the 2011 final, and the English club will feel as if they have incomplete business with their Catalan adversaries.

Defeats in Rome and London left Sir Alex Ferguson’s European legacy at Old Trafford incomplete, regardless of his two triumphs in 1999 and 2008.

The brilliance of Messi made the difference in 2009, with C.Ronaldo playing his last game for the club on that night, whilst in 2011 it was sheer domination from a far superior team.

Goals from Pedro Rodríguez , Lionel Messi and Villa capped off a near perfect display at Wembley in 2011, regardless of Wayne Rooney’s strike just before half-time.

Man United were never in a position to really lay a glove on Pep Guardiola’s team, and this was the last time the English club achieved a Champions League last.

They will, however, take some solace in the fact that the last time the two sides met over two legs, it was United who developed successful.

The semi-final of the 2008 tournament saw United frustrate Barcelona in the first leg at the Camp Nou, keeping a spotless sheet, before Paul Scholes’ wondergoal set them on their approach to Moscow.

Manchester United have struggled since the 2011 final, whilst Barcelona had stayed at around the same level, including a further Champions League triumph in 2015.


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