Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said called upon Manchester United’s frontline to find their goalscoring form when they meet Barcelona on Tuesday night.
While Manchester United‘s attacking players flourished following Solskjaer’s takeover at Old Trafford in December, their form has slumped of late, with United relying on two Paul Pogba penalties to overcome West Ham at the weekend.
Having slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Barcelona in last weeks Champions League quarter-final first leg, United need to score at least once in the Nou Camp to stand any hopes of progressing to the last four, and Solsksjaer has issued a rallying cry to his forwards.
“It’s very important. We need to score goals,” Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference.
“If Romelu [Lukaku], Marcus [Rashford], Jesse [Lingard], Anthony [Martial] or Alexis [Sanchez] play, we need a big performance. Paul [Pogba] as well, from all our forward players.
“We have to defend but we have to have that little bit of extra to score goals against teams like this. I expect whoever is going to start tomorrow, when they’re on the pitch, to know I want to see some good form. Of course, we have to.”
The Red Devils could be boosted by the return of Alexis Sanchez for Tuesday nights game, and while the Chilean is yet to put in any sort impressive performance in a United shirt, the Norwegian boss has said that he is sure that the clubs top-earner ‘wants to prove a point’ against his former club.
“Alex has been here and played here so it’s a big night for him,” Solskjaer added. “When he’s on the pitch, I’m sure he wants to prove a point.
”He wants to prove a point for us as well, because he’s been injured, he’s not had a fantastic season so far and let’s hope he can end it great for us because we are at the business end.
“Let’s hope Alexis, when he’s on the pitch, can be happy with his performance.”
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