Solskjaer issues rallying cry to Paul Pogba ahead of Barcelona clash

Date published: Wednesday 10th April 2019 8:17

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Paul Pogba to produce his best against Barcelona on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils host the Spanish giants at Old Trafford in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final tie, with the sides having defeated Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon respectively to reach the last eight.

Pogba, who began the season poorly, has rekindled following Solskjaer’s installation, first as interim boss and following the Norwegian’s permanent appointment.

Speaking ahead of the clash with five-times champions Barcelona, the United boss called on Pogba to produce one of his trademark appearances.

“Paul is looking forward to tomorrow,” Solskjaer told reporters. “He’s a Man United player. He’s one of our big performers and on a big stage.

“He knows the game against PSG was not his greatest moment. So, he is only focused on playing well tomorrow against Barcelona and I cannot see him not playing for Man United next season either.

“It’s not about one player, everyone has to perform at their best level and at Paul’s best he can run a game like this, and that’s what you expect from him, that he really puts his stamp on a game like this.

“I expect Chris (Smalling) to defend really well but that’s his job. Paul’s job is to be the creator, and when we win the ball that he drives forward, so I expect him to perform tomorrow.”

In Tuesday evening’s Champions League action, Liverpool eased into a 2-0 first-leg lead against Porto while Son Heung-Min gave Tottenham Hotspur a slim advantage over Manchester City.

 

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