Barcelona news LIVE: Jose Mourinho drops bold Man Utd prediction, NO Lionel Messi plan – Express
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Barcelona news LIVE: Jose Mourinho drops bold Man Utd prediction, NO Lionel Messi plan – Express

Barcelona news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Wednesday, April 10

  • Jose Mourinho has delivered his prediction for tonight’s Champions League tie
  • Manchester United and Barcelona will fight it out for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez
  • Saul Niguez’s contract contains a whopping £129million buyout clause
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it’s impossible to plan for Lionel Messi

Man Utd prediction

Jose Mourinho has delivered his prediction for tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg tie between Manchester United and Barcelona.

The former Red Devils boss believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side can pull off a major shock and dump Barcelona out of the competition.

“Manchester United this season was capable to win against Juventus and against PSG why not to do it against Barcelona?” Mourinho told RT.

“But Barca will be aware of that, will respect United and Old Trafford and Messi will want to leave his footprint in a mythical stadium,” he added.

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Wanted: Saul Niguez

Manchester United and Barcelona will fight it out for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

That’s according to Spanish newspaper AS, who claim Atletico expect the pair to come knocking at the end of the season.

AS say that Atletico ‘know’ United will try and land Saul as a replacement for Fred, Andreas Pereira, Ander Herrera or even Paul Pogba.

Consequently, Diego Simeone’s side have offered the Spaniard a new contract – albeit without changing his £129million buyout clause.

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Lionel Messi plan

Well that’s actually a misleading headline because Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it’s impossible to plan for the Argentine superstar.

“Well, what kind of plan can you have to stop one of the best players in the world?” Solskjaer said.

“As Chris Smalling says, we’re looking forward to it, relishing the opportunity but this season we’ve played against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, PSG with Kylian Mbappe.

“We’ve had Chelsea and Eden Hazard. Neymar didn’t play against us.

“I think the better an opponent… Luis Suarez as well, Philippe Coutinho and Messi will keep our defenders on their toes, so let’s see how we manage tomorrow.”

Barcelona news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona news LIVE: Express Sport brings you the latest updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

David De Gea replacement…

Manchester United have settled on their No 1 target to replace David De Gea, reports have claimed.

Manchester United star De Gea is facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford with the Red Devils yet to agree a new contract for the Spain international.

The shot-stopper’s current deal expires in 2020 and the club, despite their best efforts, are yet to tie him down.

As a result, ESPN FC claim United have earmarked Jan Oblak as their dream De Gea replacement, should the goalkeeper depart.

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