De Gea in the face of danger from Messi, Suarez & Coutinho

David de Gea is in his eighth season at Old Trafford, and the boy who left Atletico Madrid as a 21-year-old has become a leader at Manchester United. On Wednesday night, he will come up against some old acquaintances, having faced Lionel Messi in LaLiga Santander and both Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho in the Premier League.

The goalkeeper has come up against Messi on three occasions, between the 2009/10 and 2010/11 campaigns, and they have not met since. The Barcelona captain scored four goals in those three games, including a hat-trick at the Camp Nou on February 5, 2011, with Pep Guardiola and Quique Sanchez Flores on the benches.

Suarez has a decent record when it comes to facing Spain’s No.1 with two goals in four games, of which the Uruguayan won two, drew one and lost one. Although the two players coincided in England over a three-season period, they only played against each other in 2011/12 and 2013/14. It is worth noting that Suarez is a different striker away from the Camp Nou in the Europe’s premier competition, having not scored an away Champions League goal since September 16, 2016, but he will be looking to change that at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Coutinho, meanwhile, has come up against De Gea the most times out of the three but has never been able to beat the 28-year-old. Between 2013/14 and 2017/18, they met seven times and De Gea conceded a total of six goals, though none were for the Brazilian playmaker. The balance of results saw Coutinho and De Gea run out victorious on two occasions each, while they drew the other three games.

On Wednesday night, De Gea will have to come up against all three at the same time, with Messi in fantastic scoring form after finding the net in his last six games for Barcelona, scoring 10 goals. It is imperative that the Spaniard puts in an exceptional display so that United can go to Catalonia with a chance of advancing to the semi-finals.