United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer says his team must focus on a new task as they aim to qualify for the Champions League semi-final.
Solksjaer scored that vital winner that saw United’s class of 1999 defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the Champions League final in Nou Camp.
But the boss says his past success do not matter in the upcoming Champions League second leg encounter against Barcelona in that same stadium, and believes United will need a whole new motivation to overcome Barca.
The Red Devils lost 1-0 at Old Trafford, leaving it all to fight for in the reverse fixture. United have previously overcome a bigger deficit against PSG in Solksjaer’s first Champions League knockout fixture, sealing their spot in the quarter-final stage.
That victory in the French capital brought back memories of the triumph of 1999, when Solskjaer himself spearheaded the club past Bayern Munich in one of the competition’s most stunning moments ever. Forward 20 years on, it is Solksjaer at the helm of the club with a huge test at hand to overcome, but he like to call it a “different test”.
“No I won’t, because that was against Bayern Munich,” Solksjaer said. “It was a final, it was different.
“We will use the PSG match, we will use the Juventus away win. We have beaten some good teams away from home this year and played against some great players.”
United failed to register a decent attempt on target in the first leg but the boss will rely on the likes of Marcus Rashford, Antony Martial, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku to provide the away goes needed to help the team qualify to the next phase.
“Yeah, you look at the quality of those players, and that gives us a threat,” Solskjaer said. “We carry a goal threat.
“But of course, what we did against PSG must give everyone a huge confidence boost because that experience was probably the best those players have had for many years.
“They are probably dreaming about another one of those at the Nou Camp.”
After coming back from Spain, United take on Everton as they look to keep pace with other top-four hopes including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.