That’s according to ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno, who believes United’s counter-attacking quality could see them pull off a massive upset against the Spanish champions.
United produced a stunning comeback against PSG to reach the last eight, becoming the first ever team in the competition to overturn a two-goal deficit away from home in a second leg.
Many are foreboding defeat for them in the next round, nevertheless, after being matched with Barca – who are aiming to complete a famous La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League treble this season.
Yet, Moreno doesn’t think the tie is as clear as it seems.
“Some of the things that make Barcelona vulnerable are some of the things that Manchester United do very well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer”
“I do think that there are three of these [quarter-final] match-ups that are very clear,” he told ESPN FC.
“I don’t think the difference between these two teams is as big as it may seem. Some of the things that make Barcelona vulnerable are some of the things that Manchester United do very well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“At their very best, they have looked like a team that can transition very well on counter-attack opportunities that they can utilise with the speed of [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Martial and [Jesse] Lingard.
Moreno’s big claim came after:
“They can be the sort of group that if they force turnovers out of Barcelona, even though Barcelona is gonna have a lot of possession of the ball, they can then expose the lack of ability or the inability by Barcelona to be able to keep up over distance in one v one situations.
“So, therefore, I do think that there’s an opportunity for Manchester United.
“But once I get very excited about Manchester United and their chances, I also think that maybe Barcelona is too good with their possession of the ball, that they’re gonna force everybody back and even if Manchester United wins the ball, they don’t have an outlet.
“And by the way, they also don’t have Lionel Messi and at that point is when I lean Barcelona.”
United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat away at Wolves in the quarter-final of the FA Cup last night.
Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock for the home side with 20 minutes remaining, before Diogo Jota sealed the victory six minutes later.
Marcus Rashford pulled one back for Solskjaer’s men deep into stoppage time, but it was too little too late and Wolves progressed to the last four.
The draw for this year’s FA Cup semi-finals takes place immediately after Millwall’s showdown with Brighton at 2pm this afternoon.