Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Chilean attacker in surprise contention for Barcelona clash

Chilean attacker in surprise contention for Barcelona clash

Matteo Darmian has also been included in the 22-man squad after injury but Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly are out.

United must score at least twice in the quarterfinal second leg at Camp Nou after losing the first leg at Old Trafford 1-0 and Solskjaer said their hopes would rest with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku.

Solskjaer confirmed forward Alexis Sanchez and midfielder Nemanja Matic are both available for the tie after recovering from injuries.

Alexis Sanchez has returned back to training last week itself and many expected him to be on the bench vs West Ham United this past weekend but the manager claimed that the Hammers game would have been too early for him.

A run of four defeats and two highly unconvincing 2-1 home wins over Watford and West Ham since United stunned Paris Saint-Germain with a 3-1 win in the French capital to make the last eight has laid bare how much surgery is needed on Solskjaer's squad, even if they hold onto De Gea and Pogba.

Solskjaer also demanded more from his forwards, who failed to trouble Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the first leg. In the 93rd minute, if we get a set-piece, we are taller and bigger than them. I am sure he wants to prove a point and prove point for us as well. "We want to show that we're superior".


The Brazil international's representatives Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci have scheduled an appointment with the sporting leaders of the La Liga winners after their Champions League clash against Manchester United.

"I have no doubt he'll play and perform for Manchester United as he has done so far [since returning to the club]". You saw that in the first leg.

Barca are unbeaten in 30 Champions League home games and were last knocked out of a European competition after winning the first leg in the 1984-85 season.

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

His wages have caused a split in the United dressing room and Solskjaer admits if Sanchez gets some game time in the Nou Camp he needs to deliver the goods.

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