Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the toughest test of his short Manchester United reign on Wednesday as Barcelona visit Old Trafford for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie.
It marks just the second time Lionel Messi will play against United at their stadium and the fifth time he will take them on during his glittering career.
Everything evolves round the diminutive Argentine but he’s not had a good record in the last eight of Europe’s premier competition in recent times
There was a time when Messi’s record against English clubs was criticised, but that has changed in recent years and the Argentine will be keen to add a goal at one of European football’s most famous arenas to his record.
The eagerly awaited Uefa Champions first leg quarter final clash between Manchester United and FC Barcelona takes place at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The Reds Devils did the miraculous in the previous round by overturning a two-goal home deficit against Paris Saint-Germain, beating them 3-1 in the French capital and qualifying via away goals.
Things haven’t been rosy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has been appointed permanent United boss since then, his side losing three of their last four competitive games.
The 31-year-old has taken on English clubs 30 times over the past 13 years, scoring an impressive 22 goals and setting up six more.
Only four of those games and two of those goals have come against United – he scored in both the 2009 and 2011 finals, being named man of the match in the latter.
His previous club appearance at Old Trafford was a 1-0 defeat in the second leg of the 2008 semi-final, after the first leg had ended goalless. He also played in a 1-0 friendly defeat for Argentina against Portugal at the ground in 2014.
United can take heart from the fact Messi’s stats in England are not as good as his stats in Spain against English opposition.