Sanchez back in United squad for Barca clash

Sunk cost of Sanchez holding Man United back

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tipped Alexis Sanchez to "prove a point" as his team welcome back the Chilean, who previously played for Barcelona, ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second leg clash.

Solskjaer's side battled to a 2-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Saturday night thanks to Paul Pobga's late victor from the penalty spot. "Barcelona is a hard prospect but the memory will live with the players".

"Fitness-wise [Matic and Sanchez] are available".

He said the Chile worldwide, likely to have to settle for a place on the bench, would "have a point to prove" as he returns to his former club on the back of disappointing United campaign that has brought just two goals in 23 appearances.

"Let's hope he can end the season great for us". "Maybe they feel they have to try to get the goal, maybe its coincidence, maybe it's because we got the first goal".

Solskjaer said he will not be anxious if United do not score early and is aware they may have to be patient if they are to proceed to the semi-finals for the first since 2011.

"Let's hope Alexis, when he is on the pitch, can be happy with his performance".

Now Sanchez is a mere spectator even to a United side that has scored just once in five Champions League home games this season and failed to manage a single shot on target in the first leg against Barca.

"But if they (United) can score the first goal then it's going to make the stadium nervous - and you never know what can happen then".

"We have got the players". Sometimes it is luck, sometimes it is David at the other end saving.

"We didn't stamp our authority on the game at home", the Norwegian added.

"We know we need to perform better and play ourselves". If you give players like [Luis] Suarez and [Lionel] Messi time on the ball you will suffer.

"Of course, we have to use set-pieces".

"We can be in the tie in the 93rd minute", he said - referencing Marcus Rashford's stoppage-time penalty against PSG that put them through to the last eight. Sometimes it's a counterattack, sometimes it's a quick play.



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