Manchester United and Barcelona are set to collide once again of the grandest stage, as the two European juggernauts have been drawn against each other in an exciting Champions League quarter-final match-up.
The last time these two teams met in a competitive fixture was in the 2011 UCL final, wherein Pep Guardiola’s Catalan giants emerged victorious over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils with a 3-1 win.
Both sides featured world-class superstars, who contested a fantastic final at the Wembley Stadium. Almost eight years since that fateful encounter, let us now take a look at where the players who started the game for their respective teams are at present:
Had a one-year spell at Juventus after departing from the Camp Nou. Currently a part of the Paris Saint-Germain side which was incidentally eliminated by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the Round of 16.
Earning big bucks at Chinese Super League outfit Hebei China Fortune.
Barcelona‘s Director of Football since June 2018.
Continues to be a vital part of Barca’s midfield.
Pulling the strings at Qatari club Al Sadd, where he signed a two-year contract extension in May 2018.
At Japanese outfit Vissel Kobe – a club he shockingly joined back in May 2018.
Followed Iniesta to Vissel Kobe in December 2018 after impressive stints in the United States and Australia.
The Argentinian continues to rule world football from his throne at Barcelona.
Moved to Chelsea in August 2015. Helping the Blues fight for Europa League glory at present.
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Edwin van der Sar
Was appointed as Ajax’s CEO in late 2016.
Plying his trade in France along with his twin brother. Plays for Ligue 1 side Nantes.
Now a successful football pundit.
Retired. Occasionally makes television appearances as a guest pundit.
Parted ways with West Ham United at the end of last season. Now a guest TV pundit as well as a social media sensation.
The current captain of Manchester United, although the Ecuadorian looks set to depart from Old Trafford as a free agent come summer.
An important part of newly-appointed full-time manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s managerial setup at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manager of the Wales national team since January 2018.
Retired as a footballer in 2014. Graduated with ‘The FIFA Master – International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport’ degree in July 2017.
The English legend has been lighting the MLS up as DC United’s star forward.
Back in the Premier League, leading West Ham’s forward line.