Solskjaer recalls PSG comeback memory to inspire Man Utd

Solskjaer recalls PSG comeback memory to inspire Man Utd


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has motivated Manchester United players with their infamous comeback against Paris Saint-German in the Champions League round of 16 ahead of the clash against Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Manchester United lost at Old Trafford 2-0 to PSG and in the reverse fixture the Red Devils turned things around and won 3-1 at the Parc des Princes and qualified for the quarterfinals, and they found their self in similar position but this time against a more experienced side Barcelona, and they will look to repeat that feat on Tuesday night, having lost 1-0 to their Catalan opponents in the first leg.

“That memory of PSG will help the players,” Solskjaer told reporters in his press conference as per Marca.

“Us, as a team, we know we can turn things around. Barcelona is a difficult prospect. [PSG] is not that long ago and we are one goal better off [now].”

The United manager will return to the scene of his winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

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

“The last time I was on this pitch was the only time. I brought my son to watch El Clasico in 2016 and I was here 10 days ago to watch them [against Atletico Madrid].

“I don’t look back on that night too often; I’m just looking forward to seeing if we can play better against Barcelona.”

Just like in 1999 final, United are a goal down at the Camp Nou after Luke Shaw’s own goal settled the first leg at Old Trafford.

“In football, you know anything could happen,” Solskjaer noted.

“If we keep a clean sheet, we’re in the tie. We know we can score goals from set pieces; we’re bigger than them [in terms of height].

“But we have to defend well, and I don’t mind if the goal comes in the 93rd minute. We have to be fitter and keep going.”

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.

“We didn’t stamp our authority on the game at home,” the Norwegian added.

“We didn’t keep the ball or create chances as we should have. We know we need to perform better and play ourselves. If you give players like [Luis] Suarez and [Lionel] Messi time on the ball you will suffer.

“They have qualities on the counter with [Ousmane] Dembele, who is one of the quickest [players they have], and Messi, who we know about. We have to deal with their qualities in possession and on the counter.”

There have been plenty of rumours surrounding a possible move to Real Madrid for Paul Pogba but Solskjaer batted away any talk of transfers.

“At the moment, Paul’s focus is on tomorrow night,” Solskjaer stated.

“I have no doubt he’ll play and perform for Manchester United as he has done so far [since returning to the club]. He’s been fantastic.”

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