Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Barcelona to SPY on Lionel Messi and co vs Atletico


The Norwegian is preparing to return to the Camp Nou, a ground which brings back special memories to him and the club.

It was Solskjaer who struck the sensation last-gasp winner in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

This time he is facing a different challenge as he bids to outwit Barcelona boss Ernseto Valverde.

According to Spanish newspaper SPORT, Solskjaer will be in the stands to watch tonight’s La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid.

The two sides will meet in the first leg of the quarter-finals at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Atletico’s slim hopes of winning the title boil down to tonight, where they can cut the gap at the top to five points with seven games to play.

Barcelona will be looking to put the title to bed themselves, which would be a huge weight off their shoulders ahead of the return of the Champions League.

It’s likely that Solskjaer will be watching a full strength Barca tonight on his scouting mission.

The Baby-faced Assassin is going to have to come up with a contingency plan to stop the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

United are not in action this weekend, their fixture with Wolves was moved forward due to their opponents reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

Former striker Dimitar Berbatov is worried that his former side maybe exposed against Messi and co.

“I’m concerned by United’s poor form and, if they continue to make mistakes like they have been doing recently, then, let’s face it, they’re going to be punished by Barcelona,” the Bulgarian told Betfair.

“They are making their lives difficult at the moment and it’s looking tough to make the top four in the Premier League now.

“United went on that incredible undefeated run when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over and this is their first bad patch.

“You know, when you’re winning everything feels natural and good but an important thing is knowing how to react to a defeat. I’m sure Ole knows what to do here and he will have his side fired up and ready for Barca.

“I admit, Barcelona are the rightful favourites in the tie, but, of course, so were PSG, and nothing is certain in football.

“United can forget their recent form and make a statement here, but – and it’s nothing new or original – they must watch out for that man Messi.”

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