Andy Cole explained his reaction after Manchester United was led to face Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team surprised France champions PSG to reach the round of 16 last month, but their task in Europe was not made easier by their draw against Barca.
The club’s legend, Cole, was United’s ambassador to the draw in Nyon. We saw him facepalming when he discovered that his former team would face Barcelona. Reflecting on the draw, Cole – who has won five Premier League titles and the Champions League at Old Trafford – told the Sun: “I told one of the players:” We are going to have Barcelona. ”
“It’s a strange thing, it’s destiny, it’s been 20 years and we have Barcelona, I knew it, but everything is possible in football matches.” United proved that against PSG and, yes, they are going to have to play extremely well because Barcelona has that mischievous genius, Messi. “I think he’s getting better as he gets older, if he has a night off or is injured, you never know what’s going to happen.
“You cannot keep a player so calm, if he wants to introduce himself, he will come in. If he does not want to come, he will do it anyway. He is also good.” Solskjaer, appointed a permanent director of Manchester United last month, scored his legendary victory goal in the 1999 Nou Camp Champions League final, speaking on United’s official website after the draw, saying, “Yes, it had to be [Barcelona]!
“I have received so many texts from friends that this year will be the one we are going through because of my number, 20 years, and 20 years ago.”We are going back to Camp Nou!” Manchester United will face Barcelona at Old Trafford in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday night.
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