Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjr said his players must learn from their defeat to PSG while Chris Smalling added he is looking forward to facing Lionel Messi
Ole Gunnar Solskjr has warned Manchester United they will need to be streetwise to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League, with the manager hoping lessons will be learned from their first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.
That result was a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford and featured Paul Pogba being sent off in the 89th minute, meaning he was suspended for the return leg. United overturned the defeat in the second leg to progress on away goals but Solskjr wants his side to be cuter against Bara.
Reflecting on a time when his side had 10 victories from his opening 11 games in charge, Solskjr said: Some of these players will have some tricks up their sleeves, streetwise players. Weve learned from that PSG game the mood was a little bit different because theyd won so many games.
But weve learnt from that PSG game. Players have talked about it how we got dragged into making fouls, how European football is. Youve got to be more patient in tackles. I can feel the tension, excitement. At training today and yesterday, you can see players wanting to play.
The Norwegian has backed Pogba, who was wanted by Barcelona when United signed him 2016 but said this week that they could not afford him, to have an important role in this quarter-final tie. Solskjaer said: Its not about one player, everyone has to perform at their best level and at Pauls best he can run a game like this and thats what you expect from him: that he really puts his stamp on a game like this. Pauls job is to be the creator, and when we win the ball that he drives forward, so I expect him to perform tomorrow.
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