Ronaldinho: It would be cagey if United scores first

Ronaldinho has backed his former side Barcelona to build on their slender lead at the Camp Nou in the Champions League quarter-final return leg against Manchester United but hinted the tie is far from over.

The Spanish giants secured a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford thanks to a Luke Shaw own goal. However, knowing fully well the tenacity of the current United side, Valverde’s men would be seeking to extend their advantage on home soil.

And ex-Barcelona star Ronaldinho who was part of the Frank Rijkaard team that was knocked out of the semi-finals of the competition back in 2008 feels the first goal will be crucial.

“The truth is that Barcelona should have finished the game in Manchester – but at just 1-0 Manchester United will still believe that they are in this tie,” he told Goal.

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“With the way that Barcelona have been playing and the number of goals they have been scoring, I do expect them to progress.

“I see them even winning comfortably in Barcelona. It will all be on the first goal.

“If Barcelona scores it then it will be a long evening for Manchester United.

PARIS – MAY 17: Juliano Belletti (R) of Barcelona celebrates scoring his teams’ second goal with Ronaldinho and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst during the UEFA Champions League Final between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Stade de France on May 17, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“But if they (Man Utd) can score the first goal then it’s going to make the stadium nervous – and you never know what can happen then.”

Barcelona are yet to lose a Champions League home tie in six years making it more difficult for Solskjaer’s men who are hoping for another dramatic comeback.

The winners of the clash will face either FC Porto or Liverpool in the semi-finals of the competition.

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