Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues warning to Man Utd side ahead of Barcelona quarter-final clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues warning to Man Utd side ahead of Barcelona quarter-final clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer issues warning to Man Utd side ahead of Barcelona quarter-final clash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his Man Utd side ahead of tomorrow’s quarterfinal at Barcelona (Pic: GETTY)

United face the Spanish giants in the Nou Camp tomorrow night needing a sensational win to reach the semi-finals.

United trail 1-0 from the opening leg of the quarter final and are long odds to produce another shock win like the one they produced in Paris Saint Germain in the previous round.

The return to one of the most famous stadiums in world football comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of United’s most historic win.

Back in 1999 Solskjaer scored the last gasp goal here that helped United come from behind in stoppage time to beat Bayern Munich and win a second European Cup and complete the ‘treble’.

“You have to deal with the challenge”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Before the legendary night Solskjaer rang a friend back in Norway and told him he could feel something special was about to happen.

He needs something special to take place again if United are going to keep their European dream alive.

But Solskjaer knows it will take a lot more than sentiment, emotion and romance to see United knock out Lionel Messi and co on their own turf.

He said: “We have to have that little bit extra to beat a team like Barcelona.

“We weren’t good enough against them in the first tie and we have to improve.

“You have to deal with the challenge. You’re playing at the Nou Camp against a fantastic team and we have to be ready.

Barcelona managed a 1-0 win at Man Utd in the first leg to hand them the advantage

Barcelona managed a 1-0 win at Man Utd in the first leg to hand them the advantage (Pic: GETTY)

“I believe you get what you deserve in sports, that you put your life and effort and determination in and get exactly what you deserve.

“But sometimes people say it has to be our time because of 20 years ago, that I used to play with number 20.

“That we are back at Camp Nou – but we have to deserve it, we can’t just rely on fate.”

Solskjaer also knows United will have to dramatically improve when it comes to providing a genuine threat of scoring goals.

In the first leg at Old Trafford United failed to register a single shot on target in a European game for the first time since 2005.

United have spent the past few days practising their finishing in training and Solskjaer admits the time has come for his strikers to show their worth and pull their fingers out.

Solskjaer has revealed he has been training his striker’s shooting in recent weeks (Pic: GETTY)

He added: “Of course that memory from PSG in the previous round will help the players – we know we can turn things round.

“Barcelona at the Nou Camp is a different prospect, but the memory from that night will live with the players.

“That’s the $100m question. Who can score them (goals).

“That’s why the best strikers are the most expensive ones. We had a couple of decent chances last week, but when you cant work the keeper you cant score.

“We know we will create chances and we have a goal threat, but it’s about taking a deep breath and taking those chances.”

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