Strikers hold key for Man United at Barcelona in Champions League - Solskjaer

Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy

Barça were good at restricting United in the first leg as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men failed to register a single shot on target and Valverde is likely to plump for his usual four at the back. They have shown it this season and they won a European Cup here showing it. I'm not sure if he's going to be available against West Ham.

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

He said: "We'll always take confidence from that but we also understand that it's not PSG, it's a different match, a different atmosphere, it's a completely different ball game".

PSG could also be an option for Coutinho: Neymar is said to be encouraging his compatriot to join him in France, and the Ligue 1 champions have communicated their appreciation of the player to his agents. "Let's hope Alexis when he's on the pitch can be happy and can feature in the business end of the season".

"It will have helped us as a team", the Norwegian said. They have also not conceded a few times in any of those 30 games (15 goals in total) since a 0-3 loss to Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 semi-finals.

Ousmane Dembele started, while the likes of Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho were all given breathers with this game in mind.

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There was a caveat to Valverde's talk of past United glory at the Camp Nou.

"Us, as a team, we know we can turn things around".

United will be aiming to come from behind for the second time in a row in Europe's elite club competition, having seen off Paris St Germain in the last 16 despite trailing by two goals after the first leg.

Solskjaer said he will not be anxious if United do not score early and is aware they may have to be patient if they are to proceed to the semi-finals for the first since 2011.

Manchester United squad that traveled to Barcelona: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Diogo Dalot, Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford.

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