Valverde tells Messi and company to be wary of United

Ernesto Valverde has warned his side to be careful of Manchester United.

“They are a powerful team. They are going through a good run, even if they lost their last match (against Wolves in the Premier League),” he said. “Physically they are really strong and they know how to put pressure on their opponents. They have players who are physically very powerful, and they can be dangerous strategically as well. This match is a classic in European football. Barcelona have never won at Old Trafford I believe and we are going to try and change that.”

Valverde also hailed his side for their important win in the league. “This is a crucial victory. Three crucial points but we must continue,” he said. “Everyone knew the importance of this game and we are a little closer, but there are still 21 points to be awarded and we still need to be champions. We wanted to win tonight because it brings us a lot of confidence. We have matches now that follow very quickly.”

“After Manchester United there will be in another week three La Liga games. We must use the whole squad, that’s the reality. We want to compete in all three competitions because we have not won anything yet.”

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