United will take on the Spanish giants in the first leg at home on the 11th of April but initially, this was not supposed to be the position.
When Man United were drawn against Barcelona from the pot, the Red Devils were scheduled to play the second leg at home rather than the first leg.
But as luck would have it, Man City also drew the same sequence and UEFA had already mentioned that two teams cannot play in Europe on the same night.
Hence it was Man United who had to make the sacrifice because they had finished below Man City in the Premier League last season.
And according to Sky Sports pundits Danny Mills, this is a major setback for Man United.
When asked if playing the second leg at the Camp Nou will be a disadvantage for the Red Devils, Mills said(via Express): “Massively.
“I think it’s tough on Manchester United because you want to be at home second leg.
“Generally the first leg is a little bit more cagey, both teams are a little bit more reserved.
“It tends to be a little bit closer so therefore you want your home game with your home fans second so you have that advantage going into that, especially if you can nick an away goal.
“It’s a big disadvantage. I don’t understand why – it’s one of those UEFA rules, whatever.
“It’s a city of four million people, there’s only an extra 50,000 coming in – you should be able to deal with that.
“I think it’s 30 games Barcelona haven’t lost at home in the Champions League. It’s a formidable place to go.
“That’s going to be difficult and I look at United’s defence and think, can they keep a clean sheet? I’m not sure they can. Barcelona rely on Messi massively but they’re still exceptionally good.
“If Barca nick an away goal or two in the first leg, are they [United] going to be able to turn it around again like they did against PSG? I’m not sure they can do it twice this season.
“Barcelona are very, very strong at home. United will have to win the first leg maybe 2-0 if they’re going to go through.”