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Opposite, the former head of Sir Alex Ferguson admits that he would have much preferred to play Tottenham at this stage of the competition.

Manchester United face Barcelona at the Old Trafford tonight in the Champions League quarter-final outing.

Tottenham beat Manchester City 1-0 at home in the opening round of the competition last night.

Ed Edwards estimates that United had a tough tie.

Asked if he would have preferred to face City over Barca at this stage, Edwards told the Gazzetta dello Sport: "Let's say that I would have avoided both in the draw.

"I would have preferred Porto or at most Tottenham.

"But in any case you never know what can happen during the two games."

The men of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer host the Barca tonight as the main losers. Barcelona is sailing in La Liga and is trying to complete the treble.

Manchester beat PSG 3-1 in Paris to reach the round of 16, a result that came late with a penalty from Marcus Rashford.

Ed Edwards estimates that the performance showed that United can overturn the boat on two legs.

"Meanwhile, we miraculously call that knockout victory in Paris," he added.

"When you lose 2-0 at home it is difficult to reassemble. In the first stage PSG is difficult in defense. We were not able to hit, so the leg back was really fantastic.

"What of Barca? I think they are the best team, they play the best football in the world, they have an exceptional attack.

"Players like Messi, Suarez and Rakitic are very dangerous.

"We will have to play really well, without failing, in the two games."


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