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Rio Ferdinand revealed why he thinks that Manchester United will beat Barcelona

Manchester United are preparing to play an away Champions League 1/4 second leg game against Barcelona on April 16. The Red Devils lost 1-0 in the first leg but the United legend Rio Ferdinand thinks that they can beat the Catalans and progress to the next round.

United has already done a comeback once during this season’s Champions League as they beat PSG 3-1 after losing 2-0 in the home game.

“They had some positives, but they’ve got to score when they go there, they didn’t have a single shot on target [in the first leg],” said Ferdinand speaking on BT Sport.

“Build that belief from somewhere. That’s down to the management, the staff to instill that into these players. If you want to win tournaments like this and be successful, the confidence to score goals has got to be there for all to see.

“I think he wants to make sure they’re tight at the back. He wouldn’t want a repeat of the first fifteen minutes [at Old Trafford], they looked nervy at the back.

“That’s when Barca were turning the screw. If they can come out, be on the front foot and change the pace of the game.

“I think Barca play at their own pace, if they change the pace of the game and put them under pressure, then we’ll get a couple of chances and hopefully put them away.

“My heart says yes they can, but it’s more about what [Lionel] Messi turns up. He’s that great, he’s done so much at the top level for a consistent period of time. It could be 1-0 Man United and then we go penalties.”

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