Man United manager Solskjaer reveals who will win Champions League trophy in June

By Waweru Titus: Wednesday, April 17th 2019 at 12:45 GMT +3 | Football
Manchester United's Scottish former coach Alex Ferguson (R) talks with Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) before the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 16, 2019. [AFP]

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed who will win the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League trophy in June.

According to Solskjaer, Barcelona are on track and favourites to win a 6th UCL title this season.

Asked about Barca's chances after the match a low spirited Solskjaer said the Catalans have the right mentality and quality to perform in the big stage and be successful.

"I think Barcelona will win yeah. With the quality they have in the front three. They've got [Ousmane] Dembele and Malcom, players there to put on.

"I wouldn't bet against them, even though I don't bet. But for me they will be favourites to win the whole tournament,” he stated.

Manchester United's Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (2L) listens to Manchester United's Swedish defender Victor Lindelof (L) at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 16, 2019. [AFP]

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi capitalised on two United defensive mistakes to score twice and end their hopes of another comeback at Camp Nou as the Catalans cruised into the UCL semi-finals on Tuesday night.

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United's attention will now turn to securing a top-four spot in the Premier League.

With five matches remaining, United are sixth and two points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification.

 

Key Opta Facts

- Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign under Luis Enrique.

- United have now been eliminated at the quarter-final stage on seven occasions – more than any other side.

- Messi scored his first Champions League quarter-final goals since April 2013, ending a run of 12 matches and 50 shots without a goal in last-eight matches.

- This was United's heaviest aggregate defeat (0-4) in a two-legged European tie; their previous heaviest was 2-5 vs Milan in the 1957-58 European Cup semi-final and 1-4 vs Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the 1991-92 Cup Winners' Cup.

- United have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 1999 – current manager Solskjær featured in all four of those 1999 defeats.

- Messi has scored 45 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season – 10 more than any other player in the top five European leagues.

- Spanish teams have lost just one of their last 24 Champions League knockout matches against English sides (W16 D7 L1), with Leicester City's 2-0 win over Sevilla in March 2017 the only victory for an English team in that time.

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