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Paul Pogba and his Manchester United team-mates arrive at The Lowry ahead of Barcelona clash

Paul Pogba and his Manchester United team-mates arrive at The Lowry ahead of their huge quarter-final Champions League clash with Barcelona

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have arrived at The Lowry ahead of Wednesday’s tie
  • Manchester United will host Barcelona at Old Trafford in the Champions League
  • It will be the first leg of their quarter-final clash as both bid for a place in last-four

Manchester United continue to make their final preparations ahead of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Barcelona after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men arrived at team hotel on Tuesday evening.

Paul Pogba, David de Dea and Romelu Lukaku were all spotted entering The Lowry ahead of their first leg against the Catalan giants on Wednesday.

The United stars were dressed in their club tracksuits after being dropped off at the venue where they usually stay the night before home matches.

Paul Pogba arrives at The Lowry hotel with his Manchester United team-mates on Tuesday

Marcus Rashford (left) arrives with goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez and Michael Carrick (R)

Marcus Rashford (left) arrives with goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez and Michael Carrick (R)

Romelu Lukaku waves to the fans outside the hotel

Jesse Lingard listens to music after arriving at the team hotel

Romelu Lukaku (left) and Jesse Lingard (right) look relaxed ahead of Wednesday’s big game

The Red Devils will relax behind closed doors for the evening while also preparing themselves for the task at hand at Old Trafford.

Probably tasked with the hardest job of the evening, Chris Smalling welcomed the challenge of facing Lionel Messi in their last-eight encounter.

Messi has netted 43 goals in his last 40 matches for Barcelona this season and stopping him would appear an unenviable task, yet Smalling is looking forward to it.

‘It’s something to relish, I think,’ the United centre-back said.

Manchester United's Spanish duo David de Gea (L) and Juan Mata (R) have a chat on the steps

Manchester United’s Spanish duo David de Gea (L) and Juan Mata (R) have a chat on the steps

Defender Chris Smalling (right) is relishing the challenge of facing Lionel Messi at Old Trafford

Defender Chris Smalling (right) is relishing the challenge of facing Lionel Messi at Old Trafford

‘This season I’ve been lucky enough to face (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Kylian) Mbappe and they’re all challenges that I think I definitely relish, and I think players at this club relish.

‘I say bring it on. You work so hard to get into those Champions League places and we’re working now to get third this season.

‘These are the ties we look forward to. All the hard work in the group stages, this is what it’s about. We players are all itching to be on that field and show what we can do.’

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