Man Utd midfielder Fred: Barcelona a great tie

Manchester United midfielder Fred has welcomed their Europa League playoff tie with Barcelona.

The Brazil star says it won’t be an easy game, despite Barca’s evident decline in recent years.

He told the official Manchester United website: “We know that Barcelona is a great team.

“It won’t be an easy game, there are no easy games in the Europa League. We were drawn against Barcelona.

“It will be a great game, I’m sure we are ready for it.

“We players like playing in great fixtures like these ones, and we are prepared for this game. God willing, we’ll qualify for the next round.

“Our stadium has always had a great atmosphere with the fans constantly behind us. Obviously, we haven’t done as well in the last few seasons, but they have always been together with us, supporting the team.

This season is no different; every game, the big games, they were here, and we’ve had some great games and victories.

“I’m sure they’ll be here against Barcelona supporting us, they’ll give us strength to get the win. That’s why it’s so important to play in front of our fans and get a result here.”