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Mata: Man Utd hoping Messi will have a quiet 2 nights

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hoping Lionel Messi loses his touch in time for their Champions League tie with Barcelona.

Mata wrote for his blog: "As Barça are one of the toughest opponents in world football, we will have to put all of that into practice.

"For the boss, returning to Camp Nou will be very special, as well as for everyone who was there on that special night in May 1999.

"This tie will ask us to put in a huge effort, but we are ready to give our best to try to go through.

"In La Liga, Barça beat Real Betis, thanks to another masterclass from Lionel Messi [the Argentinian scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 away victory for the leaders and received a standing ovation from the home supporters], and we will have to hope that he isn't so inspired when we play against them."

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