Champions League: Solskjaer consults Alex Ferguson on how to stop Lionel Messi

Champions League: Solskjaer consults Alex Ferguson on how to stop Lionel Messi

- Champions League quarterfinal clash will see Man United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford

- The Red Devils boss is looking for strategies to stop Messi and Solskjaer seems to have consulted his former manager Alex Ferguson to proffer solution

- Both sides will clash once more in this round of the competition in Spain next week for the concluding part of the round

Manchester United welcome Barcelona to Old Trafford for their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg clash on Wednesday, April 10.

With the Spanish League giants emerging victorious in their last two meetings in the competition, the Red Devils are planning to avoid that from repeating itself.

Messi inspired the Catalans to victory on both occasions while Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of the team.

However, United new boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, seems to have consulted his former manager on how his side can stop Argentine superstar Lionel Messi during the meeting.

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The 31-year-old was on target on both finals in 2009 (2-0) and 2011 (3-1) respectively as the Blaugrana lifted the title on the two occasions.

After retiring, Ferguson wrote in his book that the next time he had the opportunity to face Messi again, he will dedicate two defenders on the Barca star.

"You need centre-backs who are prepared to drop right on top of Messi and not worry about what is happening behind them," the Scot wrote in his 2013 autobiography.

"He will drift away to the side. That’s fine. He’s less of a threat on the side than he is through the centre.

"After the inquest I told myself: ‘When we play Barcelona next time in a Champions League final, I would have Jones and Smalling, or Smalling and Evans, right on top of Messi. I wasn’t going to let him torture us again."

Messi has been in top form for his club this campaign - scoring eight goals in six Champions League appearances so far this term.

He has also scored 33 goals and 12 assists in 29 La Liga matches - while two goals and two assists have been credited to him in the Copa Del Rey.

Man United defender Chris Smalling might be considering taking an advice from Ferguson's book, admitting he is looking forward to the encounter.

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"I’ve not played against him competitively, personally, but in friendlies and pre-season we have," he said about Messi.

"I’m looking forward to playing against him and hopefully minimising as many chances as possible, because we know what a world-class player he is." earlier reported that Lionel Messi scored a stunning goal as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 over the weekend.

The Argentine also set new La Liga record after helping the Catalans beat fellow title contenders at the Camp Nou.

Messi has however emerged as the Spanish League player with most wins in his career after breaking Iker Casillas wins record. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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