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

Opinion

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

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

Andy Mitten

Andy Mitten is a journalist and author. He founded the best-selling United We Stand fanzine as a 15-year-old. A journalism graduate, he's interviewed over 500 famous footballers past and present. His work has taken him to over 100 countries, writing about football from Israel to Iran, Brazil to Barbados. Born and bred in Manchester, he divides his time between his city of birth and Barcelona, Spain.