MANCHESTER: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that the remarkable recovery of Manchester United to eliminate Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in the last 16 years has instilled the conviction that they can also put an end to Barcelona's European dreams.
The Spanish champions will travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday (April 10th) for the first leg of the quarter-finals, with the goal of taking another step towards the third La Liga hat-trick, Champions League and Copa del Rey since 2009.
United has the onerous task of stopping an inept Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, but Solskjaer is confident that his team has learned from their mistakes for losing 2-0 at home to PSG before starting a miraculous victory for 3-1 in Paris. away.
"I can feel the tension, the excitement, I felt that the mood in front of the PSG home game was different, we learned from that PSG game," said the Norwegian, who was named United's new permanent manager last month after a very successful incantation spell.
"Obviously when you take Barcelona, with the quality of their team, we know we need to improve our game.
"We know we have to give our best to our level, which we do not have against PSG at home: the result of the second leg against PSG gave players and fans the conviction that the same is possible against Barcelona".
Manchester's comeback to the Parc des Princes was even more remarkable as Solskjaer was without 10 players from the first team.
It is once again short with Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Eric Bailly absent due to injury.
However, Solskjaer hopes that Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic will remain fit despite not taking part in the training on Tuesday.
"He needed further warming up and I hope he doesn't have a reaction," Solskjaer said in Rashford's appropriateness.
"Let's see tomorrow, but I hope he can be ready."
Paul Pogba will return from suspension after being expelled in the first-round defeat against PSG.
Pogba has yet to shine on the stage of the Champions League for United, but among the rumors that the winner of the French World Cup could be tempted by a summer trip to Real Madrid, Solskjaer asked the team to sign the record to focus on his work tomorrow and get to the big break.
"At the best of Paul, he can direct a game like this," Solskjaer said.
"Paul does not see it coming tomorrow, he is a Manchester United player and is one of our great performers on stage.
"He knows that the game against PSG was not his biggest moment, he only focuses on tomorrow playing well against Barcelona and I can't see him not playing for Manchester United next season."