Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City are representing the Premier League in the quarter-finals
Published4 hours ago Manchester United have been handed a testing Champions League quarter-final draw against Barcelona.
The draw for the quarter-finals – plus the semis and the home side in the final – will be made at UEFAs HQ in Nyon, Switzerland, from 11am. Its a free draw so English clubs can be paired against each other. The final will be held at Atletico Madrids Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.
5 famous continental clashes between Manchester United and Barcelona
Here, Press Association Sport looks at five of the best recent European meetings between the two giants.
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Milner won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup during his five-year stay at Manchester City. He offered a wry smile when he was asked where his runners-up medal from last seasons Champions League Final defeat by Real Madrid is.
In the days before the Champions League and while Liverpool were busy dominating the European Cup, Manchester United were a top team in England but succumbed to a 2-0 Cup Winners Cup quarter-final first-leg defeat by Barca at the Nou Camp, thanks to a Graeme Hogg own goal and Juan Carlos Rojos late strike. However, back at Old Trafford, United pulled off a remarkable comeback against a team featuring Diego Maradona. Home captain Bryan Robson inspired the Red Devils with a diving header to open the scoring before making it 2-0 with a powerful finish from close range. Frank Stapleton fired home Uniteds third from a Norman Whiteside lay-off and Ron Atkinsons men were able to celebrate a famous European triumph.
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So whatever happens in todays draw, history is not on the side of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, though three of the four in 2009 did reach the semis.
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Manchester Uniteds 1998-99 Champions League campaign was inextricably linked to Barcelona. They were again paired in the group stages and the first game at Old Trafford was a thrilling affair. Early goals from Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes put Sir Alex Fergusons side 2-0 up at half-time before replies from Sonny Anderson and Giovanni levelled the game before the hour. David Beckham quickly restored Uniteds lead but after Nicky Butt was dismissed for a foul which gave Barca a penalty, Luis Enrique converted from the spot.
The return match at the Nou Camp was another topsy-turvy game that Barcelona needed to win to enhance their chances of getting through. Anderson gave them a flying start but Dwight Yorke levelled before half-time. Andrew Cole put United ahead before Rivaldo then scored either side of another Yorke goal as it ended 3-3 again. United would return to the Nou Camp later on in the tournament as they beat Bayern Munich in a memorable final to win the treble.
Paul Scholes stunning Manchester United goal sent his side to the Champions League final (Martin Rickett/PA)
Milner insists it is not on their mind now but if they can go all the way to the decider again, then they will be out to ensure they dont feel that pain again.
It had been the best part of two years since the two sides had met, but they were paired in the semi-final in 2008. After United had emerged from the Nou Camp with a goalless draw, it was in their hands at Old Trafford and they went ahead early on from a wonderful Scholes goal. The midfielder unleashed a swerving shot from distance and that proved enough as Fergusons side went through to the final in Moscow, where they beat Chelsea on penalties.
Wembley was the venue for the second Champions League final between Barca and United in three years, after the Spanish side had won in Rome in 2009. Pedro put the Spanish side, who were at the height of their powers under Pep Guardiola, ahead but Wayne Rooney levelled before the break with a superb goal. United would have been dreaming of an emotional win on home soil, but a Lionel Messi-inspired Barca stepped it up and won it in the second half through Messi and David Villa goals.