Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
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Sanchez back in United squad for Barca clash

Sanchez back in United squad for Barca clash

Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez were included in the 22-man squad that flew out to Spain today ahead of Manchester United's clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

The trio aren't exactly the most beloved of players to the fans but their return to full fitness is needed.

'We will be true to our style but we are also aware of what they have in attack and the game can't become you attack us, we attack you.

"The last time I was on this pitch was the only time. We can defend well, we are a fit team and I don't mind if it goes to the 93rd minute".

Now in a record twelfth consecutive quarter finals, the Catalans are clear favourites to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2015, but boss Ernesto Valverde was right to point out that United have won three of their four away games in Europe this season.

"Games are decided on mentality and that changed their mentality: they started worrying".


United need to score at least once at the Camp Nou, with Solskjær insisting that "if it's a game with a lot of goals in it we have a better chance of going through".

"Maybe teams are more open against us", he said of why he thought they had found goals easier to come by on their travels.

"If we get the first goal it'll be so important, and suddenly we're level and a draw would suit us". You can't live from what has happened before.

Solskjaer rested five players at the weekend in the unconvincing 2-1 success over West Ham United. "He has been injured and has not had a fantastic season so far so let's hope that he can end it well because we're at the business end of the season now".

It may also be one that helps United seek a buyer for a player who, at nearly £500,000 a week, they are keen to offload but who has few suitors. We know we can turn things round.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side has been regularly reported as one of the possible destinations for the former Inter Milan man and Sport explain why the 27-year-old is an "impossible signing" for the Red Devils. It seems logical to me that you play the first leg on a Wednesday then the second leg is on a Wednesday'.

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