What Man Utd fans did to greet Philippe Coutinho amid transfer speculation

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Philippe Coutinho was named in Barcelona’s starting XI for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United on Wednesday.

And it was the first time the Red Devils fans saw the Brazilian in action at Old Trafford since he left the Premier League and Liverpool in a £142million transfer to Barcelona back in January 2018.

Coutinho has struggled to cement a regular place in Barcelona’s first team in recent months, and has been linked with a surprise move away.

And the club believed to be at the front of the queue to sign the Brazilian midfielder when the transfer window opens in the summer is Manchester United.

Philippe Coutinho at Old Trafford

 

It was therefore interesting to see how the Red Devils fans would react to Coutinho on Wednesday night – whether they would remember him as a former Liverpool player or a potential summer signing.

But we didn’t have to wait long to find out as Manchester United supporters greeted Coutinho with loud boos the moment he touched the ball.

Ashley Young goes in hard on Coutinho

 

Luis Suarez received louder boos from those inside Old Trafford, but then there is a bit more bad blood between United and the former Liverpool forward.

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Suarez went on to open the scoring for Barcelona with the help of Luke Shaw, when his header bounced off the Englishman and hit the back of the net.

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