Man Utd beating Barcelona 'nearly impossible' – comeback hopes dashed by ESPN expert

Man Utd beating Barcelona 'nearly impossible' – comeback hopes dashed by ESPN expert

That’s according to ESPN analyst Alejandro Moreno, who can’t envisage United getting close to the ball if Barca are on their game.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat against the Catalans in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford last Wednesday.

Luke Shaw’s own-goal 12 minutes in was enough to seal the victory for Ernesto Valverde’s men, who will be confident of securing a place in the last four when United visit the Nou Camp tomorrow night.

Moreno, though, thinks Solskjaer and co will have ‘no chance’ if Barca dictate the pace of the game.

“After seeing the first leg and after seeing Manchester United again today, it is nearly impossible to make that case”

Alejandro Moreno

“I’ve sat here and I’ve tried to make a case for Manchester United,” he told ESPN FC. “And after seeing the first leg and after seeing Manchester United again today, it is nearly impossible to make that case.

“If Barcelona shows up and plays anywhere near their potential, Manchester United are not gonna get close enough to the ball.

“They’re not gonna get hold of the ball, they’re not gonna be able to attack, they’re not gonna be able to go and score a goal simply because Barcelona will be controlling the pace of the game.

“And if it is played at the pace Barcelona want to play at, Manchester United have no chance.”

Moreno’s comments came after it was claimed:

Man Utd beating Barcelona is a 'nearly impossible' case to argue - Alejandro Moreno

Man Utd beating Barcelona is a ‘nearly impossible’ case to argue – Alejandro Moreno (Pic: GETTY)

Man Utd lost 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona

Man Utd lost 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona (Pic: GETTY)

Solskjaer's men will have 'no chance' if Barca dictate the pace of the second leg, says Moreno

Solskjaer’s men will have ‘no chance’ if Barca dictate the pace of the second leg, says Moreno (Pic: GETTY)

United scraped a fortunate 2-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday, with the Hammers on the wrong end of some controversial officiating at Old Trafford.

Moreno’s co-pundit Steve Nicol thought the Red Devils should have been handed their fifth defeat in six matches, and therefore can’t see them overturning the deficit away at Barca tomorrow.

“United go into this West Ham game having lost four out of five,” he said.

“And the reason they lost four out of five is because they’ve been horrible and they haven’t played well.

United were lucky to beat West Ham on Saturday, says Nicol

United were lucky to beat West Ham on Saturday, says Nicol (Pic: GETTY)

“How they won this game… it should be five out of six.

“So with the form they’re in, with what they’re producing, they can’t score a goal in open play hardly. It’s two penalties.

“So how are they supposed to get two goals against Barcelona? How are they supposed to get in Barcelona’s half? Because in this four out of five they’ve lost and this West Ham game, they couldn’t pass to each other.

“If you can’t pass the ball to your team-mate and you’re playing against Barcelona – good luck.”

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