Chilean attacker in surprise contention for Barcelona clash

Manchester United have lost four of their last five games in all competitions

It has prompted talk about the Brazilian's future, with Manchester United one of the clubs interested in signing the ex-Liverpool man.

Solskjaer's side battled to a 2-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday night thanks to Paul Pobga's late victor from the penalty spot.

"We had (Barcelona) flustered at times here as well".

"If we get the first goal it'll be so important, and suddenly we're level and a draw would suit us".

United go to the Nou Camp to face Barcelona on Tuesday night looking to overturn a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford in the first leg.

Marcus Rashford tried restoring parity for the Red Devils nearly immediately after conceding their first goal but his efforts was intercepted by the visitors defenders.

"We need to defend well and we need to score".

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"For him, who has been a player here, it is a big night and I am sure he will want to prove a point on the pitch", Solskjær said.

However, it is symptomatic of Alexis Sanchez's decline in 16 months at United that the Chilean makes his comeback behind Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's pecking order.

Solskjaer rested five players at the weekend in the unconvincing 2-1 success over West Ham United. "Let's hope that when he is on the pitch, he can be happy with his performance".

"Of course that memory from PSG will help the players, we know we can turn things round", he said. "He has been injured and has not had a fantastic season so far so let's hope that he can end it well because we're at the business end of the season now".

Barcelona have progressed from 39 of their 41 European ties in which they won the first leg away from home - the exceptions were against FC Koln in the 1980-81 UEFA Cup, and against Metz in the 1984-85 Cup Winners' Cup.

Just like in the 1999 final, United are a goal down at the Camp Nou after Luke Shaw's own goal settled the first leg at Old Trafford.

By contrast, a hard-running style and years of grind for club and country seem to have burned Sanchez out having just turned 30 in December.

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