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Barcelona vs Man Utd: Rio Ferdinand predicts Champions League quarter-final second leg




Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted that they could beat Barcelona 1-0 at the Nou Camp, to force extra-time in the Champions League quarter-final.

United must score in Spain, after suffering a 1-0 defeat to the Catalan giants in the first leg at Old Trafford.

Barca are strong favourites to book their place in the final four of the competition, but Ferdinand says his heart is telling him there could be an upset.

“They had some positives, but they’ve got to score when they go there, they didn’t have a single shot on target [in the first leg].

“Build that believe from somewhere. That’s down to the management, the staff to instil that into these players.

“If you want to win tournaments like this and be successful, the confidence to score goals has got to be there for all to see.

“I think he wants to make sure they’re tight at the back. He wouldn’t want a repeat of the first fifteen minutes [at Old Trafford], they looked nervy at the back.

“That’s when Barca were turning the screw. If they can come out, be on the front foot and change the pace of the game.

“I think Barca play at their own pace, if they change the pace of the game and put them under pressure, then we’ll get a couple of chances and hopefully put them away.

“My heart says yes they can, but it’s more about what (Lionel) Messi turns up. He’s that great, he’s done so much at the top level for a consistent period of time.

“It could be 1-0 Man Utd and then we go penalties,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.