Lionel Messi celebrates Barcelona’s third goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last October. Photo: EPA
Andy Mitten
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Andy Mitten

Messi magic casts a spell in Manchester? Not so fast, there is hope and a potion

  • History suggests the quarter-final tie might not be a done deal as Barça have never won at Old Trafford in four matches
  • Solskjaer is likely to take a leaf out of Fergie’s book and try to mark Messi out of the game, like Patrice Evra did in 2008

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Lionel Messi celebrates Barcelona’s third goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last October. Photo: EPA
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Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips on the ball against Brentford. Photo: Handout
Andy Mitten
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Andy Mitten

Championship’s race for English Premier League riches fires toughest second tier in world football

  • Second tier attendances compare to top flights in France, Spain and Italy
  • Former European champions among teams looking for top flight return

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Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips on the ball against Brentford. Photo: Handout
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