Smalling: Stopping Messi is a challenge to relish

Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling is looking forward to coming face-to-face with Barcelona star Lionel Messi on Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

"[Stopping Messi ] is a challenge to relish," said Smalling .

"This season I have been lucky enough to face [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Kylian] Mbappe. They are challenges I relish and players at this club relish, and I say bring it on."

"You work so hard to get into those
Champions League places, like last season, and we're working now to get third this season," he stated.

"These are the times we look forward to. We, as players, all want to be on that field and show what we can do."