The week ahead of the pair either played in or plotted what proved to be a second-leg procession for Barca against Lyon, a thumping five-1 victory, they looked across the continent as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males overcame the odds to beat Paris Saint-Germain three-1 in France and attain the quarter-finals on away objectives, thanks to Marcus Rashford’s final-gasp penalty.

“I watched each their games,”

revealed Pique.

“Here [at Old Trafford], I assume PSG played far better and in the second half they scored and they could have scored some objectives.

But you can not leave Manchester United alive. If you can beat them by scoring a lot of objectives you have to do it, simply because they have a wonderful group and have wonderful history. United showed in the second leg in Paris, even even though they played with a lot of young lads from the Academy, they won and they certified in the final minute with a penalty.

“It’s a wonderful instance for us. We have to concentrate from the 1st minute to the final minute of the tie. We know Manchester United are quite hazardous and we have to play our finest game to qualify.”