Manchester United take on Barcelona tomorrow in their third pre-season friendly of the build up to the 2015/16 season.
United and Barcelona have been known for many classic matches in recent years – and this game, from the group stages in 1994, set the tone for some memorable Champions League encounters.
In the build up to the 2011 Wembley Final, the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden looked back on the 1994/95 encounters.
Lee Sharpe starred in what was an impressive 2-2 draw at Old Trafford with the Barcelona dream team of ’94. But at the Nou Camp, missing suspended Eric Cantona and with Peter Schmeichel omitted for Gary Walsh to comply with Uefa’s controversial ‘foreigners’ rule, United were fatally under-strength.
United wore black and their kit matched their performance, Hristo Stoichkov and Romario tearing United apart. Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister were tormented by the pair, who led Barcelona to victory in front of 114,000. Bruce said: “Of all the great things that happened during my career, the thing that sticks out the most is that night because we got our backsides kicked big-style. Stoichkov and Romario are still etched in my memory, especially Romario, who was arguably the best player I ever faced.
“Me and Gary had a nightmare against them two, but I think Pally was even worse than me. We got tortured and that still lives with me.”
However the 2-2 was far too entertaining a game to be dismissed with just one sentence.
Fear not. Here is the entire ITV broadcast from that game.