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Manchester United need another Euro comeback after Barcelona clinch first-leg win

On the nose: Messi takes a painful blow from Smalling PICTURE: REX

MANCHESTER United will need to produce another Champions League sensation at the Nou Camp after Barcelona won 1-0 at Old Trafford in the first leg of their quarter-final clash.

The Catalan giants started brilliantly last night and scored after only 12 minutes when a Luis Suarez header deflected in off Luke Shaw. But United, who produced an incredible recovery to knock out Paris Saint-Germain in the last round, improved considerably as the match wore on and will go to the scene of their 1999 European Cup final triumph next week with some hope.

Shaw thing: Suarez celebrates after Barcelona take the lead PICTURE: GETTY

In a dramatic first half, Lionel Messi was left bloodied after being clattered by Chris Smalling and the Argentina superstar needed treatment before coming back on. United also had claims for a penalty when Scott McTominay went down following contact from Gerard Pique, while David de Gea saved superbly from Philippe Coutinho.

United played with real pride after the break but could not find an equaliser. They will now need one of their famous comebacks to rescue the tie.

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