Manchester United are big underdogs in Spain tonight as they travel to Barcelona hoping to overturn a one-goal deficit from the first leg. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will hope to repeat the performance they gave in the last sixteen against PSG, where they outperformed their hosts and bagged the 3-1 win that set up this tie v Barcelona.
United need to score tonight which may seem like a tough task given that they failed to muster up a single shot on target at Old Trafford, but that is not something that they have found difficult away from home under new boss Solskjaer. In fact, they were also prolific away from home under Jose Mourinho, scoring in every single game on the road under their former boss this season. Admittedly, they were leaky at the back under Mourinho but under his successor, their form on the road has been brilliant.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first took the reigns in mid-December and lead Manchester United on a phenomenal run of away performances. Eight wins on the road followed as they dismantled Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea before coming up against PSG. Many thought this would be a step too far after being outplayed in the first leg but United battled back and struck three away goals, including a 90th minute Rashford penalty that stunned the hosts.
The only game in which United have failed to score in this season away from home was at Emirates Stadium, when they were beaten 2-0 by an impressive Arsenal side. However, that defeat in North London was the start of a poor run of form for United, which has seen them lose four of their last six games.
The Red Devils have now lost three games in a row on the road with Wolves doing a quickfire double over them in the FA Cup and Premier League, following that Arsenal defeat. However, they did get on the scoresheet in both of those defeats with Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay hitting the back of the net.
United have shown this season that they are a more dangerous side on the road. Away wins over Juventus and PSG in the Champions League show their pedigree in this competition and they can produce something special tonight in Barcelona.
Nothing is impossible.
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