Strikers hold key for Man United at Barcelona in Champions League - Solskjaer

Strikers hold key for Man United at Barcelona in Champions League - Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a boost ahead of Manchester United's clash vs Barcelona this Tuesday.

Solskjaer rested five players at the weekend in the unconvincing 2-1 success over West Ham United.

The Chilean was expected to return back towards the end of this month but now United have received a huge boost as Alexis Sanchez has returned back to training and could very well be on the bench vs Barcelona.

"[There will be] many emotions, it's a fantastic memory for me", he said of returning to the Camp Nou.

"But I think City are too good a team to slip up against Manchester United".

"We have to perform better than 80-20". That is my job now. "We can't say we are just going to rely on fate". We scored against PSG after two minutes and that's a massive factor.

"Of course that memory from PSG will help the players, we know we can turn things round", he said. We have to keep the ball, as we always do, because that's how we play and how we understand the game.

Famous winners Solskjaer in the Nou Camp and Marcus Rashford at PSG
Famous winners Solskjaer in the Nou Camp and Marcus Rashford at PSG

"The result from the first leg is equally risky because it's only a small advantage". Barcelona at Nou Camp is a hard prospect, but the memory from that night will live with the players. "[PSG] is not that long ago and we are one goal better off [now]".

Manchester United squad that traveled to Barcelona: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford. "Let's hope Alexis, when he's on the pitch, he can be happy with his performance". "It will be a big night for him when he is on the pitch".

"We want to go out and dominate from the start but, when we have to defend, we have to defend like we did at Old Trafford". "He has been injured and has not had a fantastic season so far so let's hope that he can end it well because we're at the business end of the season now".

Asked why United had passed up so many chances, Solskjær said: "That's the $100m question: who can score goals?"

Solskjaer also demanded more from his forwards, who failed to trouble Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the first leg.

"We have to play our own way. We want to show that we're superior".

It has prompted talk about the Brazilian's future, with Manchester United one of the clubs interested in signing the ex-Liverpool man. You saw that in the first leg.

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