Simply put, Manchester United will have to put in their best performance of the season against FC Barcelona tomorrow evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are 1-0 down from the first leg, in a game which the Red Devils didn’t show anything close to their best – but they’re still well in the tie.
Before the game, Alexis Sanchez has made his return to training. Although Saturday’s Premier League game at home to West Ham United came just too soon for the Chilean, it looks as though he’s well in contention to at least make a substitute appearances at his old stomping ground the Camp Nou…
“Alex has been here and played here so it’s a big night for him,” said Ole, according to ManUtd.com. “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.”
The fact that Solskjaer says ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ tells me that Sanchez is firmly in the manager’s plans and will feature at some point. As the Baby Faced Assassin says, he knows the stadium well, he’ll feel calm in that atmosphere while also looking to prove a point.
I think it’s fair to say we all expected better from the ex-Arsenal man. He has been majorly disappointing up until this point, but with the opportunity to write himself into United folklore, that could easily all be forgotten about here.
For what it’s worth I reckon we’ve got a chance. Barcelona don’t look all that convincing defensively and if Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial start running at them and causing problems, you just never know what can happen…