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

16 April 2019, 03:42 | Anna Jefferson

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Alexis Sanchez was named among Manchester United's travelling contingent as they bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona (live on RTÉ2).

"Definitely, 100%. Someone needs to explain why a Wednesday night first leg becomes a Tuesday second leg in the Champions League".

"We will use the PSG (match), we will use Juventus away, we have beaten some good teams away from home this year, and played against some great players". But Barcelona at the Nou Camp is a different prospect.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been boosted by the return of Matic as the Serbian global has travelled to Spain after recovering from an illness that's kept him out of Man Utd's last three matches.

He has fond memories of the Nou camp having scored the victor there for United in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

"We have one of the best goalkeepers in the world", said the Norwegian, but De Gea's future is far from certain as he holds out for a pay packet at least on par with Sanchez with his current contract set to expire in 2020.

The former Red feels Manchester United have gone off the boil in recent weeks under Solskjaer and as such, they will not be able to get a win against Manchester City. You create chances but you have to take them: that is why the best strikers are the expensive ones.




The Red Devils were criticised by some for their cautious approach to playing Barcelona in the first leg and Solskjaer is hoping for a better performance this time out.

United face the might of Barcelona in the Nou Camp tonight needing a sensational win to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Who can score them (goals).

"Maybe teams are more open against us", he said of why he thought they had found goals easier to come by on their travels.

Rashford to the Nou Camp?

By contrast, a hard-running style and years of grind for club and country seem to have burned Sanchez out having just turned 30 in December.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may turn to him after his side failed to muster a shot on target in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in last week's first leg.



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