United Quarter final tie reversed because the rival Premier League clubs cannot play at home in the same week due to policing, meaning united have to readjust their plan
The London club Manchester United have seen their Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona switched around, meaning the first leg will take place at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils were drawn to face the Spanish champions in the last eight on Friday, with Barca’s name initially coming out of the hat first.
However due to policing demand Manchester United and Manchester city cannot play at home on the same night or on back-to-back evenings, with City’s draw seeing them play Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg.
But contingency plans have been put in place by UEFA. Manchester City have now been given upper hand in sticking with the original format of the Quarter Finals tie and united format will have to be reversed , owing to fact that Manchester City finished above Manchester United in the Premier League last season.
This implies that Manchester United will have to kick off Champions League Quarter Finals tie on home soil( old-Trafford).
“The calendar for the semi-finals (including a potential reversal involving Manchester United FC, for the same reasons, if both clubs from Manchester are still remaining in the competition) will be communicated to all parties on 18 April 2019, following the return legs of the quarter-finals.”
Elsewhere in the draw, Liverpool will take on Porto, with the winner of that tie set to face either Man Utd or Barcelona in the semi-finals.