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Can Man United Pull Off An Upset?




Lets do a brief throwback to 2012, when Chelsea from the ashes of death did the magic and defeated Napoli 4-1 in the second leg of their champions league round of 16 encounter, after loosing 3-1 in the first leg. An interim manger,a not too experienced Roberto di Matteo took charge following the dismissal of Andre villas Boas. They pushed through, saw off the likes of Benfica and Barcelona and in the finals came from a dying point to draw level with Bayern munich. To penalties the game went, excellent in all and Drogba handed them their first ever champions league title,becoming the first London team to win the champions league after Arsenal failed in 06.


ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester united can follow the same path Chelsea trod in 2012 and now facing a seemingly impossible task against Barcelona tomorrow, they can go on to prove that football is anybody’s game by beating Barcelona. They’ve done it before, not too long ago united were written off against a PSG side,loosing 2-0 in the first leg they were counted for the dead. But with determination, persistence and sloppiness from the PSG team, they emerged victorious against all odds, winning 3-1 in the reverse fixture in France.
for their reward, they were given an uphill task against a Barcelona team that has nearly sealed the Laliga title and sitting comfortably in the copa del rey finals. The newly inspired Ole's man united may be lacking in the man power to see off this Barca team. But giving the team spirit they’ve showed over the months, you shouldn’t write them off.

United players would have to be on their best, should they fancy any chance of pulling through, Pogba back from suspension after the last game would have to anchor the midfield and try to rule it against the likes of Arthur and Rackitic. Smalling, Bailly and Young would look for a way not to act too young and small in front of the vehement Messi and Suarez. Parking the bus has not been seen as part of ole’s tactics, but it wouldn't be nice to come into the game seeking for a draw like some elite coaches have done against them.
Barcelona shouldn’t feel too relaxed, the speculated greatest of all time, Messi,has risen to save them on a number of occasions this season,against Atheletico,Villarreal, to mention a few. But with Suarez, Dembele, Coutinho they should be looking at killing off the encounter in the first leg. Should the game go too much in their favour, Pique and N. Semedo shouldn't get bored and sloppy to a allow a United counter to take them by surprise. At times that's what determines football matches, just a little mistake, the hard work of 90 min are all gone.


Everyone is free to dream, especially at the theater of dreams, but it would be full of nightmares for Manchester united at this time knowing that they have to overcome Barcelona first as they hope to get their 4th champions league trophy. They would have to deal with Valverde and his 11 and hopefully the confidence of beating one of the competitions favorites would take them through to the finals and possibly, would clinch them the title in Madrid.they would return to England, the king of Europe, honored by all, one of the finest in the whole of Europe. We can dream on and on, but the next 24 hours would make a lot of difference.



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