Gerard Pique and Ernesto Valverde preview Manchester United v Barcelona

Elena Summers
April 10, 2019

Manchester United are hopeful striker Marcus Rashford will be in contention for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona after recovering from an ankle injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Tuesday.

"The period of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was the best one and they'll continue to be a big side". If you can beat them by scoring a lot of goals you have to do it, because they have a great team and have great history. They have momentum, which is more than can be said of the team they will meet in Manchester. It's a great example for us.

The draw for the last eight was not kind to United, handing them a two-legged tie against Barca.

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".

His record in the Champions League is worrying as he is yet to score this season and hasn't scored away from home in the competition since September 2015.

"I spent several years here, between 17 and 21, my first as a professional". I left my family and friends to come here and I returned to Barcelona an adult.

"This season we have played Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus and Kylian Mbappe at PSG".

"It's a special game for me", he explained.


"In the summer of 2015, Paul Pogba was playing in Turin and we simply told Juve that, if one day they decide to sell the player, we would be interested", he told ESPNFC.

"Champions League is possible and we can go on to win it".

"I think the club has always been one of the biggest in Europe".

"To compare the titles won is something for you all to do".

"Look back and you will see that we have done very well in [all competitions] in recent seasons".

"We have to be aware that in the last game we perhaps forced it a little".

"The supporters here are fantastic, regardless of who they are playing".

"There is a lot of excitement, not pressure".

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