Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his say on their UEFA Champions League 2018/19 quarterfinal tie against Barcelona.
United defied all odds to defeat Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16 to make it to the quarterfinals and then they were handed a draw against the Catalan giants in the quarterfinal. Barcelona, on the other hand, got the better of Lyon 5-1.
When quizzed about his thoughts about being drawn against Barcelona, Solskjaer said, “Yes, it had to be [Barcelona]! 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 number, 20, and it being 20 years ago.
“We’re off to the Nou Camp again!”
The United manager was at the centre of action as United defeated Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League back in 1999, which was played at the Camp Nou. Returning to the stadium after 20 years would surely bring back happy memories for Solskjaer.
“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… and, of course, we met them in the group stages as well that year – 3-3 each both home and away. It’ll be a good game.”
“We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams,” the Norwegian continued.
“We had the finals against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy [Paul Scholes] scored, and it’s those games that our supporters and this club crave. We are looking forward to this one.”