Manchester United supporters have reacted enthusiastically to the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Catalan side, managed by Pep Guardiola at the time, beat Man United in the Champions League final in 2009 and 2011.
Should United progress to the semi-final, they will face either Liverpool or Porto, with first leg taking place at Old Trafford.
And supporters have taken to social media to express their enthusiasm for what promises to be a seismic occasion.
Stop moaning about the draw we never expected to be in it after the 1st leg against PSG so anything now is a free hit that we can sit back & enjoy
Can’t wait to see Messi in the flesh again
The greatest competition deserves the biggest teams left in it to provide the showpiece
— Jimmy McBride (@jimmymcbride1) March 15, 2019
After 3 years of Europa football, out in the group stages to Wolfsburg and the RO16 to Sevilla, playing Juve/PSG/Barca in one season is what it's all about. Let's gooooooooo
— Hayles (@Hayles_101) March 15, 2019
— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) March 15, 2019
Solskjaer playing at Camp Nou didn’t end well for the opponents last time. 👀 pic.twitter.com/dHSevXNH8O
— Daniel (@UtdDxn) March 15, 2019
Robson, Rotterdam, The 3-3s, Scholes and the Guardiola finals. History galore between United and Barcelona. Think #mufc should relish that, despite the daunting prospect of facing Messi.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) March 15, 2019
However, with United travelling to the Camp Nou – Lionel Messi’s lair of doom – for the decisive second leg, some others are not so excited about the whole thing.
We can't. Bye bye SFs https://t.co/GedC7dBC2I
— Madhurzya (@FlyinGiggsy) March 15, 2019
What a difficult draw😭 @FCBarcelona it is then.
— Rohit (@rohitbadida27) March 15, 2019
— Oladeinde Olumide (@OLU_MIghty007) March 15, 2019
In one season, United will have hosted Juventus, Paris Saint Germain and Barcelona at Old Trafford. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe have already visited. The arrival of Messi is something different, though. Very different.
Since *that* performance at Wembley in 2011, Messi has eviscerated Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Manchester City on several occasions, in this competition. It is time to see what United – and specifically Ander Herrera, who will know his job already – can do against the most gifted footballer the world has ever known.
More broadly, the prospect of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 20 years on from 1999, coming back to the Nou Camp in the Champions League is football romance at its very best. We should be scared, yes. We should also be very excited.