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Manchester United squad given boost ahead of Barcelona clash

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Cassandra Castillo | 16 April, 2019, 01:20

Alexis Sanchez was named among Manchester United's travelling contingent as they bid to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona (live on RTÉ2).

Falling down the pecking order in a Barca squad laced with star talent and built around arguably the best player ever in Messi is one thing.

"We will use the PSG (match), we will use Juventus away, we have beaten some good teams away from home this year, and played against some great players".

"Yes, they controlled the game towards the end, they had the possession but they never really bothered us in our own half".

"The last time I was on this pitch was the only time". I am sure he wants to prove a point and prove point for us as well.

Now Sanchez is a mere spectator even to a United side that has scored just once in five Champions League home games this season and failed to manage a single shot on target in the first leg against Barca.

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United lost the home leg against Paris St Germain in the previous round 2-0 before turning the tie around in the French capital, and Solskjaer is hopeful his players can serve up a repeat at the Nou Camp.

Although they warmed up for the game with a goalless draw away to Huesca, Ernesto Valverde rang in the changes for that game.

"Maybe teams are more open against us", he said of why he thought they had found goals easier to come by on their travels. It will be the same tomorrow: if we can get the first goal, it would be so important.

"In football, you know anything could happen", Solskjaer noted.

"We need to score goals", Solskjær said.

According to The Express, the Red Devils' will be boosted by Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez's return from injury while Ashley Young will return having missed the weekend clash vs West Ham. Solskjær's response to United's shortage of goals also suggested that he sees it as a personnel problem, and a costly one to fix. "We're playing a fantastic team and I know my guys are going to run until the ground takes them". If you give players like [Luis] Suarez and [Lionel] Messi time on the ball you will suffer.

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