Gerard Pique and Ernesto Valverde preview Manchester United v Barcelona

Thomas Meunier

Thomas Meunier

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he will not sell Paul Pogba this summer and backed the £89 million midfielder to dominate Manchester United's Champions League game against Barcelona at Old Trafford this evening.

"Two clubs with great history, who are very attractive to watch and have fantastic players in both teams".

"But if Barcelona are at their best, they will have many chances to pass the tie".

Lionel Messi is pivotal to Barcelona's hopes of beating Manchester United. We have to concentrate from the first minute to the last minute of the tie. "He's one of our, of course, big performers and on a big stage", Solskjaer said.

"I like Pogba a lot..." I like seeing him as the manager.

"I've always said that the English culture, I think we could learn a lot from them and one of the things would be this instance".

Liverpool regained their top spot in the Premier League table with a win over Southampton last weekend, thanks to Salah's exploits.

"I was here from 17 to 21 and I picked up a lot of experiences required to become a professional. I returned a totally different person".

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"I left my family and friends and came to live on my own".

"We would feel pressure if we hadn't won the competition in 20 years".

The central defender also had words for Real Madrid: "It is not a surprised. Real Madrid have won the Champions Leagues that they have won these years, but we have also had success".

Barca tend to get labelled as defensively suspect, yet they have only lost two league games all season and you have to go back a long way to find a major blemish on their record.

Barcelona are looking for a first Champions League title since 2014/15, but Gerard Pique has dismissed the notion the players feel extra pressure to lift the trophy after seeing Real Madrid win it in each of the previous three seasons.

Of the 29 games he has played in La Liga, Messi has failed to contribute a goal or assist on just four occasions, while he has scored 12 league goals in his last eight alone.

"We come here aware of how hard it is to play at Old Trafford".

"Look back and you will see that we have done very well in [all competitions] in recent seasons".

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