David de Gea believes Manchester United can get the job done against Barcelona next week in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 16 play-off tie.
The Red Devils matched the La Liga leaders stride-for-stride throughout the first leg of the tie and if a more competent referee was officiating the game, they would’ve perhaps walked away with a win. Still, it’s all to play for next Thursday when the Spaniards travel to M16.
Despite feeling as though we should’ve left Camp Nou with an advantage, the players will be feeling confident about seeing out a result on home turf in front of the Old Trafford faithful. Not much will get the fans roaring more than a European clash between two heavyweights, especially with the score at 2-2.
United will also have the addition of several players returning to the squad; Lisandro Martinez and Marcel Sabitzer have now served their one-match suspension, whilst Antony, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial could be fit to feature after missing last night’s trip through injuries.
De Gea issues verdict on second leg
Speaking to MUTV, De Gea was optimistic about securing progression next week.
“It is never a great result when you draw but it was a great match. I think both teams tried to score goals and create chances, it was a great game. Maybe after we scored the second goal we were controlling the game, then they scored to make it 2-2.
“It was a bit difficult at the end as they created some chances, but let’s see. The game is open, so let’s see at Old Trafford on Thursday if we can play [more] great football and try and win again.”
He added: “It is always great to play the second leg at home, with our fans and we are in a great way. It is perfect for us to go there and play our game and win the game. I think every game we try to win but they are a great team for sure and they are doing really well.
“A draw for sure is a good result and we go to Old Trafford with our fans and try to put pressure on them. [We will] try to play good football and win the game.”