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23 February, Saturday


What Sir Alex Ferguson told Manchester United players before greatest Old Trafford European night - Solskjaer reveals

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opened up about what Sir Alex Ferguson told the players before the memorable 7-1 win vs Roma.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested Manchester United are preparing for their biggest Champions League night in five years against Paris Saint-Germain.

United have failed to qualify for the Champions League in two of the five seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and have not won a knockout game in the competition since the 3-0 comeback against Olympiakos in the last 16 in 2014.

Holders Bayern Munich drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in the following round but Solskjaer feels the last exciting Champions League tie Old Trafford hosted was when Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid narrowly beat United 2-1 in the round-of-16 in 2013. That marked Ferguson's last ever European tie as United manager, as Nani was controversially sent off with United 1-0 up in the second-half.

Solskjaer recalled his last Champions League appearance for United was in the memorable 7-1 shellacking of Roma in the 2007 quarter-finals. Solskjaer created Wayne Rooney's away goal in the first leg that was overshadowed by Italian riot police lashing out at United supporters in the Stadio Olimpico away end.

Despite the defeat, Ferguson told the United players they would defeat Roma in the return leg, which he hailed as his 'greatest night in Europe at Old Trafford' in Europe at the time.

"Yeah, it has been," Solskjaer accepted. "Maybe if you look back, I look back at one of the last few exciting knockout games, we lost to Real Madrid, Nani was sent off, we had Bayern Munich a few years ago [in 2014], so we're looking forward to this.

"Both the supporters and the players have been looking forward to some of these nights because they're special. My last was when we beat Roma 7-1, I came on. Typical Old Trafford night!

"We lost 2-1 away from home and the manager was so happy. He said, 'We'll be all right, we'll win at home'. He was so confident in our abilities.

"So I just want my players to go into this game confident and raise their game."

Manchester Evening News

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