Former red devils manager Jose Mourinho believes Barcelona should reach the Champions League semi-finals given their “little advantage” over their opponent Manchester United.
The two European giants will renew their rivalry at Camp Nou on Tuesday after Manchester United lost 1-0 to FC Barcelona in the first leg of the tie.
Luke Shaw’s first-half own goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Barcelona to give the La Liga leaders a lead to protect at Camp Nou.
Manchester United have already caused one big upset in the knockout stage of the Champions League after they ran out 3-1 winners against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes.
Although Barcelona are comfortably sitting at the top of La Liga, Ernesto Valverde’s team are far from invincible, having already lost twice in the league this season.
Manchester United have previously lost to Barcelona in their last two Champions League final games in Rome and London in 2009 and 2011.
However, United have beaten Barcelona in both of their two-legged ties in the Champions League since it was rebranded in 1991.
Speaking to Russia Today about who will reach the Champions League semi-finals, Mourinho appeared to say that Barcelona would join Seria A giants Juventus in the last four of the competition.
“You know, Barcelona and Juventus they have a little advantage. Barcelona is winning 1-0 and now plays at home. Juventus drew with goals and know they are playing at home. They have a little advantage,” Mourinho told RT, as quoted by Metro.
“But as I was saying I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them or both stay behind.”
Jose Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United back in December after the club’s form became very poor.