Manchester United goalkeeping coach, Emilio Alvarez, says David De Gea has done “super special preparation”, before facing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in Tuesday’s Champions League encounter at Camp Nou.

United need to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the quarter-final and Messi, who has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, was one of 10 players rested for Barca’s 0-0 draw at Huesca in preparation for the Champions League tie.

Asked about the challenge of taking on a player like Messi, Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio: “We do some things different. I wouldn’t lie if I said we do a super special preparation.

“I already worked in LaLiga for many seasons with David [De Gea] as well and before with other keepers. I can’t deny that there is a particularity regarding Leo [Messi] in which in the end, you try to offer tools and data to the keeper so that it can help him.

“But we all know that no matter how much you study Leo, or if you have the tools and those are good, talent is always above anything else.

“I do work that is more specific with De Gea which I obviously can’t reveal, but we do some things different and we include other things than with respect to another game as we are facing Leo.”

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