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The Reason Behind UEFA’s Decision To Swap United’s Home And Away Legs Against Barcelona

Manchester United were scheduled to play the first leg of their Champions League tie against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

UEFA have, however, decided that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side must play the first game at Old Trafford on April 10th.

The reason is actually down to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s team face Tottenham at the Etihad in their quarter-final fixture on April 17th; the night after United’s second leg was due to be played at home.

As UEFA does not permit two teams in the same city playing on the same night, or on consecutive nights, it means United’s game had to be moved.

City’s match was not swapped as they finished higher than United in the table last season.

Usually, playing at home in the second leg is seen as an advantage, and United supporters will likely to be disappointed by the switch.

However, Solskjaer’s men have defied the odds before, having lost the first leg 2-0 at home against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 tie before winning in France.

They will be hoping for an improved home performance against Barca this time before heading out to Spain.