As Manchester United host FC in the UEFA Champions League, a former stat of Old Trafford, Dwight Yorke has declared that he knows no recipe against Lionel Messi.

The 47 year old therefore demanded a perfect game from United to have any chances to progress.

“If United play collectively then they have an edge”, remarked the 47 year old ex-striker.

Dwight Yorke, an iconic Manchester United striker, scored twice at Camp Nou in 1998 as the Reds drew 3-3 with the Catalans.

Twenty-one years later, the two sides face each other again in the Champions League but at a later stage. What hasn’t changed much is Barcelona remain favourites of the encounter.

Yorke said for United’s official website: “I don’t think we can stop Messi. I think that you have got to concentrate on your game. I think we have to play the most near-perfect game to overcome Barcelona.

“We know that Messi is arguably the world’s best footballer in our generation, and when you have that sort of mentality, it is always difficult.

“But I feel if we play the team collectively and we play to our potential, even with Messi’s greatness, I think we may just have the edge on them.

“We have to play as a team and we have to play to our full potential and, of course, you need a little bit of luck in those games to go your way and, if we can get that on the night, there is no reason why United cannot come out victorious in those two-legged games.

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