Manchester United doesn’t fear Messi and Barcelona: Mata

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The Red Devils are prepared for a fierce battle with the heavyweight Barcelona in the Champions league quarterfinals.

Manchester United attacker Juan Mata said Manchester United is ready to tackle Barcelona in the Champions league, and the United are respecting their Champions league opponents rather than fearing them.

Manchester United will host Barcelona for the first leg of this heavyweight clash at Old Traffrod.

This season also the Catalans are in their top forms under Ernesto Valverde, and the Argentine ace Lionel Messi is leading the team blasting through 40 goals barrier once again.

The EPL giants have been warned that trying to contain Messi can be a thankless job, but the Spaniard Mata believes that his side is capable of holding their own against their counterpart as a whole.

Mata voiced: “We are Manchester United and we are representing one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“Fear is not the word. Respect is the word.

“We also have to trust ourselves and know that if we have a good day we can give them a game.

“That is what is in our minds to try to do it well and fight for our fans and our club.

“Barcelona is a fantastic team, one of the best teams in the world.

“We are really looking forward to having a good round and hopefully qualify.

“Obviously they are in a good moment and they are top of the table in Spain but we are confident that we are Manchester United and we can have two good games and we can qualify.

“It’s those games that you are a football player for.

“You want the important games on the biggest stage which is Old Trafford, Champions League quarter-final so we are looking forward to it. Hopefully, it will be good for us.”

The Red Devils will head into this challenge to face Barcelona after facing three defeats in their four outings in all competitions.

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