Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjær | Football
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has stated Manchester United have no fear of dealing with Barcelona after drawing them within the Champions League quarter-finals.
United host the five-times European champions on 10 April prior to the go back the next week, with the winners dealing with a semi-final towards Liverpool or Porto. The draw additionally threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose subsequent combatants will probably be Ajax or Juventus.
Solskjær stated United weren’t scared to stand someone, having eradicated Paris Saint-Germain within the final 16 when arriving at Parc des Princes 2-Zero down. A stoppage-time Marcus Rashford objective from a penalty awarded via VAR clinched the comeback.
“We’ve shown against PSG that on any given day we can beat a top team,” Solskjær stated. “Then again there’s so many variables and these games will be decided by margins. And of course with [our] VAR [decision], even though for me it’s a penalty, you can still be unlucky and not get it in the last minute. Then we’d be out and no one would really remember the PSG performance. So yes, we can go all the way but you’ve got to be lucky and good along the way. The confidence in the players, it’s sky high. And the mood is good, the training attitude is good, so hopefully we can keep that run going.”
For the second one leg the Norwegian returns to the venue the place his last-gasp winner towards Bayern Munich clinched the 1999 Champions League for United.
“I’ve had so many texts from friends saying this year is going to be the year that we’ll get through because of my [shirt] number, 20, and it being 20 years ago,” he stated. “We’re off to the Nou Camp again – it was the biggest night I’ve had in football. Of course, for all of us in that team, it was an unbelievable night. It’s a great stadium.”
Solskjær believes it’s of receive advantages to be competing within the Champions League and FA Cup whilst additionally focused on a top-four end. United commute to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday night time for a Cup quarter-final.
Solskjær’s former United teammate Gary Neville mentioned just lately he idea it would assist Liverpool’s name problem to be out of the Champions League, which their supervisor, Jürgen Klopp, bridled at.
“[It’s about] momentum – the more games you win, the more confidence you breed, the more hunger there is in the player,” Solskjær stated. “Every single game that you win puts another layer on that, on the way to becoming the team that we want to be. So I don’t agree with Gary Neville when he says that teams should go out of this and this to focus on that.”
The conferences between Tottenham and City imply the golf equipment are because of play each and every every other thrice in 12 days, a series finished via a Premier League fixture on the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola introduced a dry reaction when requested whether or not his tenure at City could be a failure if he failed to lead the membership to a primary European Cup.
“I was judged in Munich in that way so I will be judged here as well,” the previous Bayern supervisor stated. “My period in Munich was not good for most people because we didn’t get one final. We got semi-finals but we didn’t get a final and we were judged. So I’m a lucky guy – my standards are high. I have to reach it.”
Liverpool towards Porto is a rerun of final season’s last-16 assembly, which Klopp’s crew received Five-Zero on mixture. “I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t,” Klopp stated.