Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho hopes Lionel Messi “never leaves” Barcelona.
“Messi is every season the same story, every season he is going to leave and he never leaves,” he said.
“Honestly, I hope he never leaves because I think he belongs to Barcelona, I think Barcelona belongs to him. I think the natural tendency and the beautiful thing would be for him to start and to finish his career at Barcelona.
“For Man Utd, not for sure, and I think he will stay in Barcelona. That’s just a personal opinion.”
United have failed to hit the heights this season and head into the game with the Eredivisie leaders at Old Trafford off the back of three straight home draws.
But Mourinho is adamant he is remaining calm and, indeed, would welcome staying beyond his current contract.
“Let’s go step by step, I am in the beginning of my contract, in the beginning of the process.
“If you ask me if I want to stay longer than 3 years then I say yes I would love it but also I have to earn and deserve that.
“If the club feels I deserve to stay then I will be very very proud.”