FC BARCELONA star Lionel Messi has delivered a snub to Manchester United by failing to name them among the Catalan giants’ rivals for the Champions League.
Barcelona are among the favourites to win Europe’s biggest club competition after easing their way past a group consisting of Juventus, Olympiakos and Sporting Lisbon.
The Catalan giants last won the prize back in 2015 under the stewardship of old boss Luis Enrique, where they beat Juventus 3-1 in the final.
Manchester United, meanwhile, have won four of their five group games and are all but sure to be in the pot for knockout stage draw.
But Messi has overlooked the Red Devils, instead saying that Manchester City, PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid represent their hardest tests.
“[Man] City have been one of the strongest teams so far this season together with PSG,” the Argentina international told German magazine Kicker.
“But the season is still young; I would never discount Real Madrid because of their class and experience, even though they aren’t picking up the expected results at the moment.
“Nor Bayern Munich – Bayern are the other big team that will be ready come the end of the season.”
Messi knows plenty about United having faced them on several occasions throughout his career.
The 30-year-old was part of the side that missed out on a place in the Champions League final back in 2008, where the Red Devils prevailed courtesy of Paul Scholes’ stunning strike.
However, he got revenge by firing them past United in finals in 2009 and 2011.
Messi was also part of the Barcelona side that faced Jose Mourinho’s men in pre-season.
But Neymar was the matchwinner on that occasion, with the Brazilian then going on to join PSG mere weeks later.