Strikers hold key for Man United at Barcelona in Champions League - Solskjaer
Apr 16 2019
"We need to score goals", Solskjær said.
Coutinho has not been a success since joining Barcelona for a club-record fee in January 2018, and speculation surrounding his position at Camp Nou has been unrelenting ever since his underwhelming displays became rather the norm.
However, it is symptomatic of Alexis Sanchez's decline in 16 months at United that the Chilean makes his comeback behind Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pecking order.
The United manager will return to the scene of his winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
A report in Sport claims that Chelsea want to sign the 26-year-old and replace the Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard, as long as the Blues aren't banned from signing players. "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".
However, Coutinho was greeted with boos and jeers from large sections of the Manchester United fan base every time he received the ball. "Yes, they controlled the game towards the end, they had the possession but they never really bothered us in our own half", the Norwegian submitted.
"We respect what they have done, what they are and the history they have behind them".
Solskjaer added: "Fitness wise he's available and of course, for Alexis who's been here and played here, when he's on the pitch he wants to prove a point for us as well". You create chances but you have to take them: that is why the best strikers are the expensive ones. However, they have won just one of their past five away knockout stage games in the competition (D2 L2). "Maybe he's more likely for the Barcelona game".
Alexis Sanchez was named among United's travelling contingent.
Manchester United had lost 2-0 in the first leg against Paris Saint-Germain but were able to win 3-1 at the Parc des Princes, advancing to the last eight as a result, and they will look to repeat that feat on Tuesday night, having lost 1-0 to their Catalan opponents in the first leg.