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Solskjaer backs Reds to go through

11th April 2019, 00:49 by Michael Holland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United can still progress against Barcelona but must take their chances in the Nou Camp.

The Catalan giants did not deliver a vintage performance that has been their hallmark for over a decade but Luke Shaw's own goal saw them leave Old Trafford boasting a 1-0 win after the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

United, who reached this stage by overturning a two-goal deficit against Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes last month, saw Diogo Dalot and Marcus Rashford squander decent opportunities.

And Solskjaer recognises they must do better in front of goal if they are to upset the odds once more in the return leg at the Nou Camp next Tuesday.

The ground holds a special place in Solskjaer's heart after his goal there sealed United's famous Treble almost 20 years ago, leading the Norwegian to say: "We've scored goals at the Nou Camp before from corners and crosses.

"Of course the PSG performance away gives us hope and belief that we can do it. But we know that we are playing against the favourites in the tournament.

"Going to the Nou Camp is going to be a challenge and it will be a greater achievement winning that one because with the history of Barcelona as well, they're not used to losing at home.

"But we can do it, no doubt about it, we know we can carry a goal threat. We created a couple of very good opportunities, Rashy had a volley after a cross that got punched out, Diogo had a great chance at the back post.

"We have to take our chances, you have to be very, very effective and efficient over there. We know we're not going to create loads of chances so we have to take the ones we get."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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