That’s the verdict of ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley.The Red Devils take on the Catalan giants in the second leg of their quarter-final clash at the N
That’s the verdict of ESPN FC pundit Craig Burley.
The Red Devils take on the Catalan giants in the second leg of their quarter-final clash at the Nou Camp tonight (8pm) trailing 1-0 from the first leg after a Luke Shaw own goal.
Barca are unbeaten in their last 30 Champions League home games since 2013 having won 27 of those matches.
The only English team they have ever lost to on home soil was Liverpool, having boasted an excellent record against Premier League teams over the years.
But United may be buoyed by the fact they managed to upset the odds in the previous round, becoming the first team ever to lose the first leg 2-0 at home and still progress.
They won 3-1 in the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain courtesy of a stoppage-time Marcus Rashford penalty.
But Burley thinks that result owed more to PSG throwing the game away with an error-strewn performance rather than United’s own brilliance and thinks, as a result, they do not stand a chance of turning things around in Spain.
Asked if he believes United can come from behind again, Burley declared: “Not really, no. Yes they got a great result but you’ve got to question PSG really, they completely bottled it.
“[Gianluigi] Buffon was awful, [Thilo] Kehrer was making mistakes, then they give the penalty away at the end. They’ll never get a better chance, PSG, of furthering themselves in this competition.
“I don’t see Barcelona doing the same for a few reasons.
“One, they’re going to win La Liga. Two, they rested all their big guys at the weekend including Messi. They’re at home, they’ve already got a lead and United are playing terrible.
“Alright they beat Watford recently at home, but they were awful, beat West Ham at the weekend at home, were pretty awful,
“West Ham had the same amount of shots and shots on target, more possession. They actually bossed Man United at Old Trafford.
“So, where’s the big turnaround coming from? I just don’t see it.
“Unless they get another mountainous amount of luck and Barca shoot themselves in the foot the same as PSG, not for me no.“
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, believes the win away at PSG will offer his team hope.
The Norwegian said: “That PSG memory will help the players and us as a team, we know it can turn it around.
“Barca here at the Nou Camp is a different prospect but that memory lives with the players. It wasn’t long ago.
“Taking chances is key and the best strikers are the most expensive. We’ve practiced finishing as not working the goalkeeper means you can’t score.
“We need to be focused as we know we’re going to create chances. We need to take a deep breath and make sure we take them.
“It’s massive, belief is massive. Everyone has talent and certain ability to play at this level but we’ve seen ourselves against PSG we can come back against a fantastic team.
“Historically, Barca are the best in the last 10 years so we know it’s a massive effort, but they’ve done it before and if we give our all and have better concentration. Belief is one thing but concentration is another.”