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REUTERS  LEE SMITH

REUTERS LEE SMITH

The big question going into this game is just how many players Ernesto Valverde will rest ahead of Tuesday's Champions League second leg against Manchester United at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona travelled to Huesca to play out a boring draw.

"He is fine", said Valverde at a press conference on Tuesday. He was OK a couple of days afterwards.

Kean became the youngest player to score in four consecutive Serie A games in the era of three points for a win, the teenager surpassing Balotelli's record on Saturday. After an impressive win against Manchester United in an away tie, they will switch their focus on the league which is nearly done and dusted. "But he is ready to play".

United slipped into "a crisis" on Wednesday by losing 1-0 to one of the best teams in the world in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

"We respect them as a team for what they are and the history they have".

"Barcelona here at the Nou Camp is a hard prospect but the memory will live with the players, it's not long ago". We had a good tussle and he just shook my hands afterwards and said "good luck". "But United are risky and the result from the first leg is unsafe, it is a very small advantage".

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes a Champions League comeback at Barcelona would be a greater achievement than the club's last-16 miracle against Paris Saint-Germain. "I didn't realise at the time that I'd actually caught him like that". I thought it was time to make changes.

Manchester United now sit fifth in the Premier League as they battle Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham for two spots in the top four.

Huesca threatened again early in the second half when Avila headed a deep cross back through the penalty area, where Enric Gallego got a shot away but Ter Stegen made a smart reaction block.

"We've changed the shape because we had a problem with the full-backs and I didn't want to play Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo today".

Valverde urged his players to seize the opportunity.

"It was a hard situation with so many new players but I understood it was what we needed to do today". You won't be given something that falls from the sky.

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