Barcelona vs Man Utd Live : Barcelona vs Man Utd for their crunch Champions League quarter-final second leg on Tuesday night.Barcelona won for the last time in 2015, but this could be the year of their rival with rival Real Madrid. Manchester United won for the last time in 2008 and desperately returns to the glorious days of the new manager Ole Gunnar Solskyer.
On Tuesday, Manchester United will travel to Barcelona for the second leg of its Champions League quarterfinal tie after losing the opener 1-0 last week.
The two clubs became embroiled in a row over ticket prices soon after the draw for the last eight was made last month with United furious that its fans were being charged £102 ($134), claiming they “are again being subjected to increased/excessive ticket prices from the host club.”
For many football fans, the opportunity to watch their team take on Barcelona at Camp Nou is a bucket list dream.
Just don’t expect the dream to come cheap. Whether it be Barcelona, Madrid, London or Paris, the cost of football and ticket prices in particular, is generating more and more criticism.
In a statement published on its website, United confirmed it had taken the “difficult decision” to charge Barcelona supporters the same price instead of the normal £75 ($98) it charges.
United said it would use the additional £27 to subsidize its own supporters traveling to Spain for the second leg as it did for games against Valencia in the group stage, and against Sevilla last season. United has been given 4,160 tickets for the tie.
A spokesman for Barcelona told CNN that ticket prices for the United game had not been increased and that the price would have been the same for any opponent in the quarterfinal.The spokesman added that at no point did United ask for ticket prices to be reduced.
He also underlined the club’s low season ticket prices, which includes Champions League games. Many clubs make fans pay for Champions League games on top of their regular season tickets.As of Friday April 12, there were still tickets being sold on Barcelona’s official site with the cheapest priced at €159 ($180). The most expensive ticket available was set at €3,290 ($3,723) which includes access to the premium lounge and catering, according to the description on the website.
Duncan Drasdo, chief executive of Manchester United Fans Trust, wants to see a cap on ticket prices for away fans in European competition, similar to the £30 limit imposed upon clubs by the English Premier League.
“The cap works pretty well in the Premier League, as long as ticket allocations are defended,” Drasdo told CNN.
“The Premier League has recognized that as an away fan you are not a customer of the home club and so you’re ripe for exploitation.”The home club shouldn’t be completely free to set ticket prices at any level it wishes.”
Drasdo, who is traveling to Barcelona with his two children, was also critical of airlines who he says increase their prices minutes after the draw has taken place.
It means that plenty of fans, like Drasdo, often have to take longer routes to reach their destination.On this occasion, he is traveling from Manchester to Liverpool airport, then flying to the island of Ibiza, staying overnight, and then flying to Barcelona the next morning.
For the return journey, he will fly from Barcelona to Nantes in France, and then on to Manchester.Even with indirect flights, Drasdo says he spends on average around £450 ($588) per European away game, meaning that this season alone he would have coughed up approximately £2,250 ($2,942) on five matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men trail by a single goal after last week’s first leg at Old Trafford where a Luke Shaw own goal was enough to separate the two sides.History is against them with Barca a fearsome prospect on their own patch.
But Solskjaer knows a thing or two about springing a surprise at the Nou Camp and will be buoyed by the heroics in Paris earlier in the tournament.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard, should he play, will be key here with their pace clearly set to provide both Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet with difficulties.
Ander Herrera’s legs will be missed in the middle of the park as will the suspended Shaw’s workrate on the left flank – expect Barca to try and play keep away early on to take any lasting sting out of the visitors. Luis Suarez’s energy figures to once again be a problem for Chris Smalling to contain.
Lionel Messi is fit after his first-leg tangle with Smalling and he’ll fancy himself to get on the scoresheet after firing a blank a week ago.
There could well be a goal in it for United too if everything breaks right, but it’s hard to envision the hosts not scoring again themselves.