Manchester United vs Barcelona: Key battles
Patrice Evra vs Leo Messi
Messi may be one of the world’s finest but Evra believes he can deal with the threat the Argentinian poses. Can Evra deal with the pace of Messi? One of the areas where Messi can exploit is when Evra decides to go forward looking to help the wingers and forwards. Plus, Messi’s dibbling ability could be difficult to handle.
Verdict: Things could get Messi for United
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Gerard Pique
On paper, it looks a simple task for Ronaldo, but it will be far from it. Pique has improved since his move away from Old Trafford and is now a first team regular. But Ronaldo has been bang in form lately and always loves to perform on big games like these, it could be his night.
Verdict: Ronaldo to shine
Anderson & Michael Carrick vs Xavi & Andres Iniesta
This is going to be an interesting battle, and maybe the most important. Barcelona tend to rely on the central midfielders when going forward, with Xavi and Iniesta the foundation to most of their attacks. Carrick and Anderson have been exceptional in the heart of midfield, particularly in Europe. Against Arsenal, they gave them no breathing space and will attempt to do the same again.
Verdict: Too close to call
Nemanja Vidic vs Samuel Eto’o
Eto’o has been among the goals many times this season, but he will be up against Manchester United’s player of the season Nemanja Vidic. The Serbian has been like a rock at the back and featured in every single game during United’s 14 game run of consecutive clean sheets. Vidic rarely has an off day, and although he may be up against a side that has scored 106 league goals this year, but he can frustrate the opposition as he may be the best defender in Europe at the moment.
Verdict: Vidic too solid