Andreas Pereira has sent a warning to Barcelona ahead of the Champions League clash next week.
Manchester United’s hopes of finishing in the top four hindered when they lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night. But, they would be able to compensate that lose by possibly lifting the Champions League which will enable them to qualify for European competition irrespective of the finishing position in the league table.
The Reds Devils made a remarkable comeback against Paris Saint Germain in the second leg at Parc Des Princes, overcoming a mammoth 2-0 lead and secure a 3-1 victory away from home to qualify for the Quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in eight years. Solskjaer’s men have drawn Barcelona in the last eight of the competition.
The Blaugrana are first in the Spanish top tier and blew away Lyon in the Round of 16 second leg at Nou Camp. Despite all these superior work, this campaign, Manchester United midfielder Andreas Periera warns their opponents ahead of the titanic Champions League clash next week at Old Trafford.
“Against the big clubs, we rise to the occasion,” Pereira told MUTV . “We show our character. We show the real Man United spirit and I think, after what we did against PSG, other teams will be more ready for that, so they will respect us even more.”
Following the draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was interviewed about the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Quarterfinals of the tournament. He recalled the 1999 Champions League final in which he scored the winner against Bayern Munich.
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.
We’re off to the Nou Camp again!
“It was the biggest night I’ve had in football. Of course, for all of us in that team, it was an unbelievable night. It’s a great stadium… and, of course, we met them in the group stages as well that year – 3-3 each both home and away. It’ll be a good game.”
The Norwegian says that his side will be fearless ahead of the game as the Red Devils aim to lift the Champions League this term.
We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams, the Norwegian continued.
We had the finals against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy [Paul Scholes] scored, and it’s those games that our supporters and this club crave.”
We are looking forward to this one.”
Goalscorer against Wolves on Tuesday, Scott McTominay has urged his side to be positive against Barcelona despite the recent slump.
“Anything can happen and that’s football. There’s so much to be positive about with a big Champions League [night] coming up and it’s one of them that we need to relish now. We need to smile now when we go on the pitch and we need to play with confidence.” McTominay added.
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Manchester United will invite Barcelona to Old Trafford on April 10th, before flying out to Nou Camp six days later.