Solskjaer reacts to Champions League draw: 'Yes, it had to be Barcelona!'
- Solskjaer relishes the return to Camp Nou where he scored one of his most famous goals ever.
- The Norwegian sealed the 2-1 win for United against Bayern Munich in the Champions League 1999 final with a strike in stoppage time.
- And now the boss insists that he wants the Red Devils to play against the 'biggest teams'.
Following Friday's quarter-final draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims he felt 'it had to be' Barcelona for United to face in the Champions League.
"Yes, it had to be [Barcelona]!" the Norwegian told MUTV. "I've had so many texts from friends saying this year is going to be the year that we'll get through because of my number, 20, and it being 20 years ago. We're off to the Nou Camp again!"
1 - Manchester United have won just one of their eight European Cup/Champions League meetings with Barcelona (D4 L3), losing both of their last two encounters in the 2009 and 2011 finals. Daunting. pic.twitter.com/62Nrv2z4nI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 15, 2019
The Norwegian was referring to perhaps the most famous goal scored at the Camp Nou in the Champions League 1999 final against Bayern Munich in the stoppage time. The win sealed the Treble for Alex Ferguson's side.
"It was the biggest night I've had in football. Of course, for all of us in that team, it was an unbelievable night," Solskjaer added. "It's a great stadium… and, of course, we met them [Barcelona] in the group stages as well that year – 3-3 each both home and away. It'll be a good game."
"We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams. We had the finals against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy [Paul Scholes] scored, and it's those games that our supporters and this club crave. We are looking forward to this one."
United will host Barcelona at Old Trafford on Wednesday 10 April and then travel to Spain on Tuesday 16 April.