Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers not to cast his mind back to the 1999 Champions League final. This was in reference to motivating his team when Manchester United square off against Barcelona. In the first leg, the La Liga giants took a 1-0 lead, United are attempted to overturn the deficit with the odds against them according to most betting sites that place Barcelona for the win.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fond memories of the Nou Camp and even the United supporters also remember the stadium fondly. Solskjaer’s last-gasp strike at the ground helped United lift their second European Cup and an unforgettable treble haul.
The scene 20 years ago will certainly act as a point of reference ahead of the return leg of United’s quarter-final against the Spanish champions.
However, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is of the opinion that there are very few parallels between the two games. Instead, his motivator will be the current crop’s wins at Juventus and Paris St Germain this season.
The Norwegian insisted that the Bayern Munich match was a different situation and it was a final.
Instead, he felt that Manchester United’s PSG clash and Juventus away game were better examples.
Solskjaer even said that United had Barcelona on the ropes on a few occasions at Old Trafford. Though Barca later seized control towards the end, they never really bothered United much.
United were down by two goals at the halfway stage against PSG at the time. But they pulled off the comeback at the Parc des Princes to book their spot in the last eight and a showdown against Barca.
Solskjaer is confident that, the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba comprise of enough quality within United’s ranks to spring another surprise.
He added that the triumph over PSG should instill a massive confidence boost to the team. Solskjaer surmised that that experience was the best feeling they had in years.