Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players to write their own history in Barcelona – and ignore talk of the club being fated to win the Champions League 20 years after he delivered one of their greatest ever nights at the Nou Camp.
United were drawn against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday, two decades after Solskjaer’s dramatic stoppage time winning goal at the Nou Camp sunk Bayern Munich in the 1999 final.
Solskjaer said he had been inundated with messages from friends telling him United’s name is on the trophy – but warned his players there would be no helping hand from up above.
“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,” said Solskjaer, whose side face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday night.
“There have been a couple of comments about ‘You used to have number 20’ and blah blah blah but I believe that you get what you deserve in life, in sports. If you put the work in, if you work hard, show the right attitude, if you go in every single day and do the right things then I believe you can maximise your chances.