Luke Shaw’s own-goal, the second that Manchester United have conceded across their last four Champions League games, gives Barcelona the advantage as they return home where they have a formidable record versus English opponents in European competition.
The hosts are unbeaten in a tournament-record 30 CL games at the Camp Nou, and have scored an average of 3.0 goals per CL home match this season, whilst conceding 0.5.
That record, plus having progressed after winning an away first-leg of a UEFA knockout tie 36 times from 38 such ties, will have the Barca faithful feeling confident.
After their remarkable 3-1 victory at PSG in the previous round, United will feel they can pull of a shock in Catalonia – although that miracle in Paris was the first time in the visitors’ history that they turned around a first-leg home defeat in UEFA competition.
Curiously, United have scored more away goals than home goals against each of the previous four teams they’ve played in CL competition this season, and are unbeaten in seven of their last ten tournament away fixtures.
With over 2.5 total goals in four of their last five competitive away games, and a goal scored after the 75th minute in each of those four fixtures, United are likely to foster an entertaining match here.
Players to watch: Ousmane Dembélé (BAR) has three CL goals so far – two came in the second half.
Meanwhile, both of Marcus Rashford’s (UTD) tournament goals arrived after the 75th minute.