Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it will be difficult to stop Barcelona star Lionel Messi, but it’s never impossible.

The Reds welcome the La Liga giants at Old Trafford this evening in the first leg of the Uefa Champions League quarterfinal clash.

Messi who has been in majestic form this season, scoring 43 goals in 40 appearances to put Barca in position for a third treble in a decade is expected to lead his team in the encounter.

“He is a fantastic player and will go down in history as one of the best individual players ever,” said United boss Solskjaer ahead of the tied.

“He will be difficult to stop, but it is never impossible. It’s not like it’s Messi against Manchester United.

“There is (Luis) Suarez, (Philippe) Coutinho, (Ivan) Rakitic, (Arturo) Vidal, there are so many good players we can’t just focus on one player. We know we have to play against 11 of them.”

Kick-off is at 9 pm Zimbabwean time and the match will be live on SuperSport TV.