Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is relishing the prospect of leading Manchester United into a Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.
The Red Devils produced a heroic performance in Paris earlier in the month to knock French champions PSG out of the competition. Solskjaer’s side will have to be at their very best to progress in the Champions League, however, after drawing European heavyweights Barcelona in the last-eight.
The caretaker manager scored his legendary winning goal in the 1999 final at the Nou Camp and told United’s official website: ‘Yes, it had to be [Barcelona]!
I’ve had so many texts from friends saying this year is going to be the year that we’ll get through because of my number, 20, and it being 20 years ago. ‘We’re off to the Nou Camp again!’ Reflecting on the victory over Bayern Munich in May 1999.
The Norwegian legend added: ‘It was the biggest night I’ve had in football. Of course, for all of us in that team, it was an unbelievable night. It’s a great stadium and, of course, we met them in the group stages as well that year, 3-3 each both home and away.
It’ll be a good game. We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams. ‘We had the finals against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semi-final in 2008 when Paul Scholes scored, and it’s those games that our supporters and this club crave. We are looking forward to this one.
Barcelona will travel to Old Trafford on April 10 before United make the return trip six days later for the away leg. Manchester United, currently fifth in the Premier League, face Wolves in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.