Don't leave United alive in the tie, Pique warns Barca

Thomas Meunier

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Manchester United have lost three of the last four matches in all competitions, but they are not fazed about playing Barca.

The central defender also had words for Real Madrid: "It is not a surprised. Real Madrid have won the Champions Leagues that they have won these years, but we have also had success".

"Pressure would be if we'd never won it or if this was the only title left for us [to win] this season", he said. We come here knowing how hard it is going to beand keen to get a good result.

"There is a lot of excitement, not pressure". It will be tough and I hope we can win.

"I don't want to compare this season with other years". "Players have talked about it - how we got dragged into making fouls".

"It's something lovely because the fans are fantastic", the defender said ahead of stepping out at Old Trafford for the first time since leaving in 2008.

Pogba, a player transformed under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, will be key to United's chances.

Pique also said United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer helped him through hard times in Manchester when they were team mates, and he praised the former Norway forward for reviving the club's fortunes since succeeding Jose Mourinho in December.

"I like Pogba a lot..." I had my first experiences as a professional and I played with great players.

One club keenly interested were Barcelona, who had earlier informed Juve of their willingness to sign him, though when it came to satisfying them financially they were hard-pressed to part with the amount needed to win his signature which came as no problem for United.

Over two legs, though, United are on a prayer and I doubt that even die-hard supporters expect them to progress. United have a great history, in the second leg they played with lots of young lads from their academy and they still qualified.

"We will need to be alert to set pieces as well, as they have strong and tall players". We are in a good situation and I think we are playing very well and getting good results.

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