Barcelona v Manchester United

David De Gea has made some vital stops for Manchester United this season

David De Gea has made some vital stops for Manchester United this season

Alexis Sanchez was named among Manchester United's travelling contingent as they bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona (live on RTÉ2).

Barcelona hold a 1-0 lead after the first leg at Old Trafford before facing the Red Devils at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

The Brazil international's representatives Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci have scheduled an appointment with the sporting leaders of the La Liga winners after their Champions League clash against Manchester United.

Sanchez is also back in contention for a place in the squad after recovering from a serious knee injury that's kept the Chilean superstar on the sidelines since the win over Southampton at the start of March.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic and full-back Matteo Darmian were also part of the 22-man squad heading out to Barcelona on Monday morning but Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly miss out.

The trio aren't exactly the most beloved of players to the fans but their return to full fitness is needed. You create chances but you have to take them: that is why the best strikers are the expensive ones. "We have to be fitter and keep going".

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"You look at the quality of those players and that gives us a threat", Solskjaer said. "Let's hope Alexis when he's on the pitch can be happy and can feature in the business end of the season".

De Gea said: "Of course it's hard, but if you want to be a top team you have to play big Champions League games, and the weekend after it's the Premier League". In this Champions League they have done well away from home winning three out of four games.

Lionel Messi will return to action for Barcelona after sitting out at the weekend as a result of a clash with Chris Smalling.

Asked if he felt Barcelona would be torn between playing their normal open game or trying to close the match up knowing that Manchester United will have to come out and attack them he said: 'We have scored a goal away from home but we can't sit on that.

"We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world", said the Norwegian, but De Gea's future is far from certain as he holds out for a pay packet at least on par with Sanchez with his current contract set to expire in 2020.

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