That’s according to former Premier League defender Danny Mills, who can’t fathom why UEFA rearranged the second leg to accommodate Manchester City.
United were initially drawn as the away team in their first leg against Barca on Friday.
However, City were also pulled out of the hat as the away side for their first leg against Tottenham.
And because local authorities do not want both Manchester clubs hosting in the Champions League on the same evening, it was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men who saw their two legs switched due to the fact they finished below City in the Premier League last season.
“I think its tough on Manchester United because you want to be at home second leg”
Mills believes the change is a major blow for United, insisting playing at home in the second leg is what every team wants.
When asked if the reverse will have an impact on the tie, he told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “Massively. I think its tough on Manchester United because you want to be at home second leg.
“Generally the first leg is a little bit more cagey because you’ve got another game to come, so both teams are a little bit more reserved, the game tends to be a little closer.
“So therefore you want your home game with your home fans second so you have that advantage.
Mills’ bold claim came after:
“I think it’s a big disadvantage and I don’t quite understand why [it’s been changed]. It’s one of those UEFA rules, whatever.
“But it’s a City of four million people. There’s only an extra 50,000 coming in, they should be able to deal with that.”
United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat away at Wolves in the quarter-final of the FA Cup last night.
Raul Jimenez fired the home side in front with 20 minutes remaining, before Diogo Jota sealed the victory six minutes later.
Marcus Rashford did pull one back for Solskjaer’s side deep into stoppage time, but it was too little too late and Wolves progressed to the last four.
United now have just the Champions League and a top-four finish in the Premier League to worry about this term.
The draw for this year’s FA Cup semi-finals takes place immediately after Millwall’s clash with Brighton this afternoon, which gets underway at 2pm.