Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not exactly been looking at the 1999 Champions League final to pull inspiration for Manchester United’s upcoming fixture against Barcelona.
It is a very warm and cherishing memory in the minds of the Red Devils fans and the Norwegian manager. Back during his playing days, Solskjaer scored a late goal against Bayern Munich in the European final to help his side to the historic treble.
When speaking about the incident and how it affects his preparation going forward, the 46-year-old said, “Of course it’s a fantastic memory for me. It’s the only time I’ve been on the pitch, but I don’t really look back on that night too often. My job now is to make us play better than in the first game.
“I was a player back then. In football, anything can happen at any time and we know that we can still be in this tie.
“It’s about the quality though. We need to defend well but going forward we need to score. If we keep a clean sheet, we can still be in the tie in the 93rd minute.”
However, one incident that would be sure to raise the hopes of United fans and players is their comeback win against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round of the competition. The Old Trafford-based outfit is 1-0 down in aggregate after the first leg and is due to meet Lionel Messi & Co. at the Camp Nou.
Solskjaer added, “That memory from PSG will help the players, will help us as a team. We know we can turn things around.
“Of course, Barcelona here at the Nou Camp is a difficult prospect but the memory from that night will live with the players. It’s not that long ago and we’re one goal better off.”