Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Barca are our toughest test


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Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concedes his team have it all to do after losing 1-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final meeting.

The Red Devils fell behind in the 12th minute when Luis Suarez’s header deflected off Luke Shaw before creeping past David De Gea.

United failed to register a single shot on target, with Diogo Dalot going closest with a header inside the first half.

De Gea had to be alert to deny Philippe Coutinho and Lionel Messi but Solskjaer’s troops have a tough task at the Nou Camp. United produced a superb comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round but Solskjaer admits they need an even better display to stand a chance.

He told reporters: “The PSG performance away gives us hope and belief we can do it. But we know we are playing against probably the favourites in the tournament. “Going to the Nou Camp is going to be a challenge.

It would be a greater achievement. With the history of Barcelona, they are not used to losing at home, but we can do it, no doubt about it.

“Away from home we’ve beaten Juventus and PSG and now we need to go to Barcelona. We know we have possibilities in this tie. “We know we can carry a goal threat,” Solskjaer added.

“Whoever is playing up front, we have to provide a bit more ammunition for them.”

Barcelona are now 3.50 favourites to win the Champions League and they remain odds on to win at home next week. Punters can back them at 1.44 to win the return leg, with the draw 4.75 and United 7.00 to pull off a huge shock.

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