Barcelona In Drab Draw Before Champions League Clash With Man Utd

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Scott McTominay produced a brilliant display in midfield for Manchester United against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals first leg tie at Old Trafford.

"You usually win the Scudetto with 84-86 points but last term Napoli had 91 -- a club record -- and still finished second, so our performance that season was extraordinary". "We have to take those losses into account and use them to move forward".

Valverde said: "We're very wary of their spirit".

The Red Devils were 2-1 winners to maintain their push for a top-four place, but goalkeeper De Gea conceded they will have to raise their level at the Nou Camp.

Huesca desperately needed a win to keep up their slim hopes of avoiding relegation but they struggled to make much of an impact and stay rooted to the bottom of the standings with 25 points from 32 games.

The first leg was a fairly tame affair and even though Barcelona dominated the game, they weren't at their sharp best. We know that and I'm sure they do too'. He added: 'We all draw from old experiences. He leads the club's outfield players in minutes played this season and, in the Spanish league, Pique is setting the pace for his team in blocked shots, balls recovered from opponents, clearances, and winning one-on-one duels for balls in the air.

The second leg will be on April 16 where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side know they will have to score to cancel out Barcelona's away goal.

"That situation with Smalling and Lionel Messi is nothing. If we want to face that we have to show the way we are ourselves".

Barca had already scored the only goal of the game at the time of the challenge, with Messi - generally quiet by his standards - crossing for Luis Suarez, whose header deflected in off United defender Luke Shaw.

Having been able to rest the majority of their first team at the weekend, the Catalans should be much fresher and their daunting home form in this competition means it is extremely hard to oppose them.

Barcelona travelled to Huesca to play out a boring draw.

The early goal should have settled the Catalans into their stride as their dominance of possession was close to 90 percent in the opening stages.

Juventus had a chance to equalise in stoppage time but full-back Mattia De Sciglio headed wide from a free-kick.

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