Duo return as Manchester United's squad to face Barcelona is revealed

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2019

United lost 1-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Nemanja Matic and former Barça player Alexis Sanchez are back from injury and ready to play.

Marcus Rashford is in the squad and will be pushing for a recall after being rested against the Hammers on Saturday while Scott McTominay and Victor Lindelof are also in-line for recalls after being given breathers at the weekend.

Solskjaer's side battled to a 2-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday night thanks to Paul Pobga's late victor from the penalty spot.

"They have qualities on the counter with [Ousmane] Dembele, who is one of the quickest [players they have], and Messi, who we know about". "Maybe they feel they have to try to get the goal, maybe its coincidence, maybe it's because we got the first goal". I can not wait to get going because it's the biggest stage.

He said: "We'll always take confidence from that but we also understand that it's not PSG, it's a different match, a different atmosphere, it's a completely different ball game".

Asked why United had passed up so many chances, Solskjær said: "That's the $100m question: who can score goals? We want to show that we're superior".

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Barcelona have progressed from 39 of their 41 European ties in which they won the first leg away from home - the exceptions were against FC Koln in the 1980-81 UEFA Cup, and against Metz in the 1984-85 Cup Winners' Cup.

Luke Shaw has travelled with his team-mates despite the full-back being suspended for the Nou Camp clash after being cautioned against the LaLiga champions last week.

Sanchez is unlikely to start against his former club could be named on the bench.

"Definitely, 100%. Someone needs to explain why a Wednesday night first leg becomes a Tuesday second leg in the Champions League".

"People have said to me it has to be our year - that it's 20 years ago [since I scored the winner], that I used to play with No. 20, back at Camp Nou, but we have to deserve it".

Similarly United's chance of winning the Champions League this season has reduced to around 1%.

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