Ole Gunner Solskjaer: Man Utd manager says side 'can go all the way' in Champions League

15-03-2019 22:03

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer spent 11 seasons at Old Trafford as a player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final

Manchester United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer believes his side can not get away with Barcelona in the quarter final.

The draw sees caretaker boss Solskjaer return to the Nou Camp 20 years on scoring an injury-time winner in the 1999 Champions League Final.

United would meet Liverpool in the semi-final should both sides progress.

"I think we've shown against Paris St-Germain that on any given day we can beat a top team," said Solskjaer.

"Any team can beat anyone of the eight." There's still top quality, top quality. Of course, with Cristiano [Ronaldo] shut up in it. I do not think it's opened up that much. "

2-0 or greater home first leg deficit in the Champions League as they are defeated PSG 3-1 to progress from the last 16.

Marcus Rashford's injury-time penalty, which was awarded by video assistant referee (VAR) following an anxious wait.

Of course that VAR, even though it's a penalty, you can still be unlucky and not get it in the last minute and then we'll be out and no one would really remember the PSG performance.

If you go in every single day and do the right things, you can maximize your chances.

"So yes, we can go all the way, but you've got to be lucky and good along the way."

'Defining moments win trophies'

Wolves on Saturday at 19:55 GMT, live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

Arsenal inflicted a first league defeat on Solskjaer on Sunday to leapfrog their opponents and leave United two points adrift of the fourth place in the race for next season's Champions League.

The Norwegian says that it is necessary to "feel it much hurt".

He added: "Any game you loose is a big anti-climax. It's the worst feeling you can and that's just the good thing about that Arsenal defeat.

The more games you win, the more confidence you breed, the more hunger there is in the players 't agree that teams should go out of this and that to focus on that.

We beat Liverpool, we beat Chelsea, we beat Arsenal back then [in 1999], and you think we deserve a little bit of luck in the next time, but Wolves away, what a difficult game that can be.

The mood is good, the training attitude is good, so hopefully we can keep that going going . "

Solskjaer sends invitation to Scholes

Paul Scholes and Ole Gunner Solskjaer played together at Manchester United from 1996 to 2007

Solskjaer's former Old Trafford team-mate Paul Scholes quit his first managerial role at Oldham this week, just 31 days after taking charge of the League Two club.

Former midfielder Scholes has signed an initial 18-month deal, but resigned by text Abdullah Lemsagam following a six-game winless run.

The Manchester United manager says he has "invited" Scholes to visit Carrington for a chat about his decision and to learn from his coaches.

"He's probably got his reasons." He said, "That's just management," Solskjaer said.

No news on Bale as a United search for quality

Despite being appointed as caretaker manager, the club's permanent successor is Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer continues to plan ahead at Old Trafford.

During his tenure, Mourinho had hoped to sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, but Solskjaer was unwilling to discuss the Welshman who has been booed by some Real supporters this season.

"I can not really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they're the property of other clubs," added Solskjaer.

"But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team."