Published: Wed, April 10, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Solskjaer spoke to Alex Ferguson before Barcelona Champions League tie

Solskjaer spoke to Alex Ferguson before Barcelona Champions League tie

One of the most highly-anticipated matchups in the UEFA Champions League is set for Wednesday when Manchester United hosts Barcelona in the first leg of the quarterfinal.

"I remember Ole as a great team mate, I was 17 and he was a veteran and for sure he helped me adapt to the club, to the country and to the city", Pique added.

He said to Premier League Predictions: "I don't think Barcelona are as good as they were".

Manchester United: It's always tricky when you face a Lionel Messi-led Barcelona squad in the Champions League and you are an English club. If you can beat them [by] scoring a lot of goals, you have to do it.

"We have given ourselves a great chance to challenge for top four with the results just before Christmas, nobody would have thought that".

And after having had a disappointing game against PSG in the first leg of the last round (in which he picked up a red card that saw him suspended for the second leg), this Wednesday Pogba will have an ideal opportunity to convince those at Real Madrid who still have doubts about him.

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He said: "I thought Madrid played really well before the sending off they have moments of magic, we have to concentrate, wherever we are we have to concentrate for 90 minutes plus if your concentration drops for a second you will be punished".

"They have won this tournament several times in recent years, while we won other titles".

It was a valuable lesson he hopes his team have heeded as he urged them to guard against cheap fouls in unsafe areas at the same time as calling for Gianluca Rocchi, the Italian referee, not to fall for any dirty tricks from Barcelona's wily attacking trio of Messi, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez. I lived here on my own and you learn a lot that way. "It's a special game for me". He's one of our, of course, big performers and on a big stage. "It is going to be a tough game and we hope to be able to win", he continued.

They are unbeaten in 16 games and have won eight of the last nine.

"All our draws this season - be it FA Cup or Champions League - we don't have the easy draws, and we thrive off playing big teams like that", the centre-back told United's official magazine. They have strong, quick players on the break: [Romelu] Lukaku and [Marcus] Rashford. "There's a lot of excitement".

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