Solskjaer on Man Utd’s CL draw: ‘It had to be Barcelona’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thinks it “had to be” Barcelona that Manchester United were drawn against in the Champions League quarter-finals after experiencing his “biggest night” in football in the Camp Nou.

The Norwegian was part of the the Red Devils side that triumphed there as they scored two late goals – with Solskjaer bagging the winner – to beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 final.

Speaking to United’s official website, Solskjaer said: “Yes, it had to be [Barcelona]!

“I’ve had so many texts from friends saying this year is going to be the year that we’ll get through because of my number, 20, and it being 20 years ago.

“We’re off to the Nou Camp again!”

It renews a competitive continental rivalry between United and Barca that has spanned decades with several famous clashes down the years.

“It was the biggest night I’ve had in football. Of course, for all of us in that team, it was an unbelievable night,” Solskjaer added.

“It’s a great stadium… and, of course, we met them in the group stages as well that year – 3-3 each both home and away. It’ll be a good game.

“We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams.

“We had the finals against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy [Paul Scholes] scored, and it’s those games that our supporters and this club crave.

“We are looking forward to this one.”

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