The Champions League betting odds indicates what you’d probably expect, that the Catalan giants are hot favourites to not only progress to the competition’s semi-finals, but are 26/25 favourites to win the first-leg at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
However, as history has taught us, both teams have the capability to produce an epic display when it comes to this classic Champions League tie.
Here, we look at three of the most memorable and enjoyable meetings between two of the European game’s biggest names:
Man Utd 3-3 Barcelona, September 1998
Barcelona played a massive role in United’s historic treble winning campaign in the 1998/99 season, having played the Catalans in the group stages, as well as winning the famous big-eared trophy inside their Camp Nou stadium.
The two met in the opening game of their Champions League seasons and played out a fantastic 3-3 draw under the Old Trafford floodlights, with David Beckham scoring one of his brilliant trade-mark free-kick.
Barcelona 3-3 Man Utd, November 1998
The return match was just as enjoyable and an edge-of-your-seat contest, with the match being particularly memorable for Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke’s brilliant one-two around a helpless Barca defence.
What a match!
Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona, April 2008
This match was played in-front of a nervy Old Trafford crowd, as United squandered chance after chance to secure a place in their first Champions League final in nine years, but Paul Scholes’s brilliant early volley was enough to see Barca off 1-0 on aggregate.
A Barcelona team failing to score over two-legs? You’d see that very often, eh?
Barcelona 3-1 Man Utd, May 2011
Pep Guardiola’s insanely talented team swept United aside in this entertaining final at Wembley, with the Spaniards putting in a near faultless display and earning their fourth European triumph on the venue of their first win in 1992.
This Barcelona display is as close to a perfect performance as any team has put together, wouldn’t you say?
Which is your favourite United v Barca match, and could this year’s instalment top all that’s gone before?
Let us know in the comments section below…