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Live Reporting

By Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Until later...

    So that's it for now. Thanks for joining us for the Manchester United news conference and Champions League build-up.

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on the all-English tie between Tottenham and Manchester City, as well as Liverpool's home leg against Porto. We do hope you'll join us.

    Until then, here's some of our top football stories:

  2. Reds' strong record

    Liverpool v Porto (20:00 BST)


    • Liverpool have never lost a European match against Porto in six previous encounters (W3 D3 L0).
    • Liverpool have progressed from four of their last five quarter-final appearances in the Champions League between 2004-05 and 2017-18 – only in 2008-09 did they fall out at this stage after a 5-7 aggregate defeat to Chelsea.
    • Porto have failed to win any of their last 12 away knockout games in the Champions League (D4 L8) since a 1-0 victory at Deportivo La Coruna back in May 2004. The Portuguese side went on to win the trophy that season under manager Jose Mourinho.
  3. The future could be ours - Klopp

    Liverpool v Porto (20:00 BST)


    Last season's runners-up Liverpool return to Champions League action at home to Porto later, with manager Jurgen Klopp saying "the future could be ours".

    The Reds certainly have a good record against the Portuguese side.

  4. City's losing record against English opposition

    Tottenham v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    • This is the first ever European meeting between Tottenham and Man City, and City have won 11 of their last 16 meetings (D1 L4) - including their last three in a row.
    • City have lost all four of their European matches against English opponents, losing both legs of the 1970-71 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final against Chelsea and both legs of last season’s Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.
    • Leroy Sane has had a hand in seven goals in his last three Champions League games for Manchester City (4 goals, 3 assists), scoring with all four shots on target in this time.
    • City boss Pep Guardiola has won 26 of his 52 Champions League knockout matches, just one behind the all-time record held jointly by Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti (27 wins).
  5. Barca are City's biggest threat - Shearer

    Tottenham v Barcelona (20:00 BST)

    Alan Shearer

    Former England captain

    Manchester City are still chasing an unprecedented quadruple but even if they get past Tottenham, BBC pundit Alan Shearer doesn't see them going on to win the Champions League.

    He begins his latest column by saying: "Barcelona and Lionel Messi are the biggest reason I don't think Manchester City will win the quadruple."

    Lionel Messi
  6. Spurs aim to end quarter-final hoodoo

    Tottenham v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    • Tottenham haven’t faced an English team in a European competition since April 1973, when Liverpool knocked them out of the Uefa Cup semi-finals.
    • Spurs are competing in only their second Champions League quarter-final, losing previously 0-5 on aggregate to Real Madrid in 2010-11; in all European competitions, Spurs have been eliminated from their last five quarter-finals, most recently in the 2012-13 Europa League by Basel.
    • Harry Kane has been involved in 17 goals in 17 Champions League appearances (14 goals, 3 assists); Kane has scored a goal every 106 minutes, the best ratio of any Englishman to have played at least 200 minutes in the competition.
    • Of the remaining eight teams, Spurs have scored the highest percentage of Champions League goals in the second half this season (92%, 12/13), while City have scored more second-half goals than any other side (16).
  7. City clash one of most important games for Pochettino

    Tottenham v Man City (20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham have come a long way since then and are preparing for their second Champions League quarter-final after losing 0-5 on aggregate to Real Madrid in 2010-11.

    They welcome Manchester City to their new stadium later, with manager Mauricio Pochettino saying it is one of his "most important matches as a coach".

  8. Solskjaer and Pique used to be team-mates

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a pretty good memory.

    He recalled a reserve team match against Tottenham, when both he and current Barcelona defender Gerard Pique both scored.

    The game was a title decider. United and Spurs had won the respective reserve leagues for the north and south of the country.

    It was played at Old Trafford on 4 May, 2006, and Pique opened the scoring. Solskjaer was 33. Pique just 19.

    "I don’t know if that tells you how young I am or how old Gerard is!" said Solskjaer. "He is a fantastic boy, he came here as a young boy, we had a lot of belief with him.

    "He was maybe unlucky because he was here with one of the best centre-back partnerships in the world so he didn’t get the chances he deserved.

    "He is so cultured, good in the air and a good boy to have in the dressing room. I know he is not fond of needles so maybe we should put a needle out! It is good so see how many trophies he has won. Hopefully we can make him feel old."

    Gerard Pique
  9. We have to be patient - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also stressed that "confidence is high" for United heading into Wednesday's game.

    "The result and what we did against PSG and how we climbed the table, clawing back points, the players have given themselves and the supporters great confidence and belief we can do this," he said.

    "Of course you lose games, we lost a couple we should have won. Wolves in the FA Cup is the one we are disappointed with, but we won a couple we should have done.

    "Now we have learned from that PSG game, the players have talked about it - how we were dragged into making fouls, how European football is. We have got to be more patient with their tackles. Some of these players have tricks up their sleeve."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  10. There are so many strange results - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about any advice from former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. You've got to love how the gaffer calls him gaffer.

    He said: "I think all my experiences over the years with Barcelona, watching Barcelona, admiring the quality they have got. You always think what would you do so we are ready. Of course I have discussed it with the gaffer but no details.

    "You know the Champions League will throw up so many strange results and last year they were 4-1 up after the home game and they lost 3-0 to Roma.

    "Barcelona lost 4-0 to PSG and then they won 6-1 so it is not going to be decided until we play 90 minutes in the Nou Camp. We have to make sure we perform to our best."

  11. De Jong Europe's next superstar?

    Ajax v Juventus (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Wednesday's Champions League games also give us the chance to see Frenkie de Jong in action.

    The 21-year-old Ajax midfielder, who can also play in defence, has already agreed to join Barcelona in the summer in a £65m move.

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    Video caption: Is Frenkie de Jong Europe's next big thing?
  12. Sanchez ready for West Ham?

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Interesting to hear Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rule Alexis Sanchez out of Wednesday's game given he played a full part in training today.

    I wonder if there is even a small part of the Manchester United boss' thinking to have the Chilean on the bench, especially if Marcus Rashford doesn't make it.

    It is fairly safe to assume if Sanchez makes an appearance against West Ham on Saturday he will be involved against his former club at the Nou Camp.

    What better place to finally find form as a United player?

  13. I can't see Pogba leaving - Solskjaer

    This was one of the most important lines from United's news conference...

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he cannot see Paul Pogba leaving the club before next season.

    The French midfielder, who rejoined United in August 2016, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

    Paul Pogba
  14. Smalling's brave statement

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    'Bring it on' is a brilliant soundbite - and also the kind of statement that could easily come back to haunt you.

    No-one could accuse Chris Smalling of avoiding the issue when it comes to stopping Lionel Messi.

    For his sake, I hope he matches his words with a big performance.

    Chris Smalling
  15. Both teams carry a goal threat

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    United and Barcelona played out a 3-3 draw at home and away in the group stage in 1998-99, before United went on to win the treble, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer famously scoring a last-gasp winner in the Champions League final - in Barcelona.

    The United boss added: "There are two teams that do carry goal threats. There are some fantastic attacking players on display but there a defenders with absolute quality.

    "We drew 3-3 away from home as well so if we can get a 6-6 and a penalty shootout at the Nou Camp, I think everyone would be happy.

    "Both teams have got it in them to score goals. We know we have to defend well against them to stand a chance and we will."

  16. PSG away has given us belief - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "Every game is the biggest game. The next one always is but when you get a Barcelona with the history and quality of the club, we know we need to step up our game and perform at our best level.

    "We didn’t against PSG in the home game, but the outcome of the second leg has given the players and supporters belief it is possible."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  17. United team news

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on who would be fit for Wednesday's game: "We still hope maybe that Nemanja Matic can be ready and Ander Herrera is probably out.

    "Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia are definitely out."

    He also said Alexis Sanchez will not feature against former club Barcelona: "He's done lots of recovery work and he's injury free. He's probably in the squad for West Ham. He's not going to be able to join in tomorrow."

  18. This is what we look forward to - Smalling

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Chris Smalling on what the Champions League means to him: "You work so hard to get into those Champions League places, like last season, and we're working now to get third this season.

    "These are the times we look forward to. We, as players, all want to be on that field and show what we can do."

  19. Contract talks no distraction

    Man Utd v Barcelona (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on contract talks: "We are all focused on this game and contract talks will just go on with the players. Everybody's focused on the game, knowing we can create a special atmosphere here.

    "Not long ago we played PSG and disappointed ourselves and then we played Liverpool and the atmosphere was incredible. Playing at Old Trafford in a knockout stage, under floodlights and hopefully a bit of rain will make for a special evening."

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Chris Smalling