Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, has said the club mist beat the best sides in Europe if they are to achieve continental glory.
This is as the Spaniard declared Barcelona as one of the club’s after the Spanish side were drawn against United in the Europa League.
United will be facing the Catalans at Camp Nou on Thursday 16 February.
Barcelona are currently top of La Liga, having won 11 of their 13 games so far this season, and despite the difficulty of the opposition, David sees it as an obvious glamour tie for supporters to relish in the new year.
“We know Barcelona is a great team, I think they are playing well,” De Gea told us.
“If you want to win the Europa League, you have to play against the best teams and Barcelona is [one of these].
“It’s one for the fans and we will try our best to win both games.”
He continued, “I think so [it’s a good test]. There’s still a lot of time [before we have] to play the Europa League games so we have to be focused on the rest of the games [before then].
“Of course, playing against the best teams is always a challenge, so we need to be very ready to play against Barcelona and to play against any team that we have to play against.”