A tie full of nostalgia that feeds the love story of Ole … United land Barcelona to evoke memories of Romario, Scholes and, of course, the Nou Camp in the & # 39; 99
- Manchester United have been drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to the Camp Nou 20 years after the 1999 final
- Jurgen Klopp insisted that Liverpool's draw with Porto will not be a walk
- Manchester City have also been drawn against Tottenham in the quarter-finals
Matt Barlow for the Daily Mail
The second arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took another turn while the Champions League evoked a return to Barcelona on the twentieth anniversary of his goal of winning the Treble for Manchester United in the Camp Nou.
Manchester City and Tottenham were placed in a quarter-final of the Premier League and Liverpool were paired with Porto, a team beaten 5-0 on the road to last year's final.
Not for the first time since taking control at the Old Trafford, however, Solskjaer produced the plot while the United States was lured against the Spanish champions and leaders of the Liga, complete with the little genius of Lionel Messi and the Archbishopric Luis Suarez.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to Camp Nou 20 years after the famous 1999 final
Manchester United drew Barcelona in the quarter-finals, evoking good memories
It is a prestigious and nostalgic event, which will serve to remember painfully the lost finals of 2009 and 2011 and the lesson by Hristo Stoichkov and Romario in 1994, together with the most fascinating memories of a Paul Scholes goal to win a semifinal in 2008 and European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1991.
But the image evoked by the prospect of Manchester United at the Camp Nou comes from 1999, with the Norwegian striker in his shirt number 20, which slips on his knees to celebrate the winner, deeply interrupted, to complete the most surprising return to the final field against Bayern Munich.
"It had to be," smiled Solskjaer, who made a serious mistake since he was appointed general manager in December, losing once in 13 Premier League games and reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals and the last eight of the Champions League with a 3-1 defeat in Paris Saint-Germain.
Paul Scholes scored the winner when the two teams met in the semi-finals of the 2008 tournament
"I have received so many messages from friends that say this year will be the year we will go through because of my number 20 and 20 years ago. We go back to the Camp Nou again.
"It was the biggest night I had in football, of course. For all of us on that team, it was an incredible night. It's a great stadium – and of course we also met them in the group stages, that year, 3-3 both at home and outside.
"We want these matches against the biggest clubs and the most important teams. These are the games that our fans and this club crave."
United will play the first leg at home to avoid a clash between Manchester City.
"I'm completely different from 99% of managers," said Solskjaer. & # 39; I prefer to stay away last, as we had against the PSG. If you can get a decent result at home, then we know we can leave and hurt anyone, like we did in Paris. "
Barcelona won two recent Champions League finals against United in 2009 and 2011
If United will overtake Barcelona, they will face a possible semi-final against Liverpool which, despite the caution of Jurgen Klopp, will have to keep Porto aside as they did last year.
"I couldn't be further from thinking it's the best draw because it's not, it's just the draw," Klopp insisted. "It's the opponent we have to prepare and the first thing you need to do is make sure everyone respects the adversary in the right way – and we'll do it 100%."
Manchester City will provide the opposition for the first European event at Tottenham's new White Hart Lane, a few days after the 62,000-seat venue opens with a Premier League match against Brighton or Crystal Palace.
The teams will meet three times in 12 days, with a fight in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium three days after the second leg.
"It will be fun," said Kyle Walker, former City Spurs fullback, as players reacted on social media. "Turn it on," Harry Kane roared.
Jurgen Klopp insisted on a draw for Liverpool's quarter-final with Porto
The city has won the last three games against Tottenham and Pep Guardiola said: "We know each other well. I have a lot of respect for them. We know very well the quality of their team.
"We know how good they are with Kane and Dele Alli and Son Heung-min and how good they are at kicking Christian Eriksen, but it would be the same if you look at my team or any team in the Champions League. & # 39;
The winners face a semi-final against Ajax or Juventus and the draw is open for the possibility of a final all over Manchester. Or it could be Barcelona and Messi against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, in Madrid.
But Solskjaer's writer seems to be in control of things right now.