Manchester United have been handed a huge boost ahead of their “mission impossible” clash against Barcelona on Tuesday night. The Red Devils will attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they travel to Camp Nou to take on the Bluagrana in the return leg of their champions league quarter final clash.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suffered a home loss in the first leg, but have been handed a boost for the return leg after three players returned from injury. The trio of Nemanja Matic, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young are expected to make the trip to Spain today.
Sanchez who has been missing for the club since he picked up a kneed injury in United’s 3-2 win over Southampton in February, will be hoping to give United a bit of firepower against his old team.
Meanwhile, Ashely Young is available again after serving a one-game ban while Nemanja Matic is also fit after recovering from from injury. However, Ander Herrera is set to miss out again.
Boss Solskjaer revealed: “Nemanja will travel with us definitely. Ander won’t, he is out for a little while.”
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is confident United can turn around the deficit, despite riding their luck against West Ham . Pogba’s brace from the spot sealed a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford and the World Cup winner is now looking to cause a shock in Catalonia.
“I think it’s a really important three points,” the midfielder said. “We know about that. We wanted to do obviously better and score more goals, but we get the result that maybe we deserve.
“Now what we have to think about the next one, the next game, get some rest and get focused on Barcelona. That’s why we play football, to play against those teams, to play those games.
“A Champions League quarter-final is just beautiful. We just have to enjoy it, give our best and trust ourselves.” United face an uphill battle at the Nou Camp but Barca certainly looked beatable in the first leg.
Solskjaer’s side have also proven their mettle when the chips are down, having made Champions League history in the previous round against Paris St Germain by becoming the first team to progress after a first-leg home loss by two or more goals.
“The game is not done, it’s not closed,” Pogba said. “I know it’s Barcelona, we’re playing in their home, but it’s never closed. It’s still 90 minutes. “The first half is gone, now it’s the second half.”