Predicted Manchester United XI to face Barcelona: Matic and Lingard to start

Manchester United have a tough task ahead, but they have overcome big hurdles already this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side head to Spain hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final.

Luke Shaw put through his own net for the only goal of the game at Old Trafford.  Now United must rediscover the spirit of Paris at the home of one of Europe’s top teams.

United will be without the suspended Luke Shaw, which means Diogo Dalot is likely to slot in at left-back. But there is better news with the previously injured Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez available.

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£40million (BBC) Matic could play a vital role, especially with Ander Herrera still out injured.

United will need extra physicality and security in the centre of the park and the Serbian’s return will be welcome.

He is likely to form a midfield three with Paul Pogba and the increasingly impressive Scott McTominay.

Further forward, Marcus Rashford should start along with Romelu Lukaku after the pair’s heroics in the previous round.

That leaves one wide role that could go to Jesse Lingard, whose pace and work-rate will be vital on the counter-attack, despite his recent dip in form.

Goal: David de Gea
Defence: Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba
Attack: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.