Manchester United goal machine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ordered his strikers to find their shooting boots in Barcelona after a historically bad first leg in the Champions League quarter-finals.
United have to win away to mighty Barca on Tuesday to reach the semis having lost 1-0 at Old Trafford in last week’s home leg.
Not only did the Red Devils fail to score as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and co won without playing close to their brilliant best, they did not even register a shot on target — the first time that’s happened in a European game since 2005.
Barcelona have not lost at home in Europe for for 30 games, so Solskjaer has told the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford — ironically, a big-money target for Barca — and Anthony Martial to pull their fingers out and do their jobs.
The Norwegian, who scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for the club in his days as a striker, said: “We know we can turn things round. But Barcelona at the Nou Camp is a different prospect. That’s the $100m question — Who can score them (goals)? That’s why the best strikers are the most expensive ones.
“We had a couple of decent chances last week, but when you can’t work the keeper, you can’t score. We know we will create chances and we have a goal threat, but it’s about taking a deep breath and taking those chances.”
Solskjaer also launched a withering attack on big-money flop Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has been a huge let-down since joining from Arsenal in January last year.
Sanchez was handed a contract worth 500,000-a-week, and has proved to be one of the most expensive failures in the club’s history.
He has lost form and suffered a catalogue of injuries that have seen him in and out of the side.
Old Trafford bosses are now desperate to off-load him to the highest bidder this summer.
His wages have caused a split in the dressing room and Solskjaer admits if the former Barcelona frontman gets some game-time in the Nou Camp on Wednesday, he needs to deliver the goods.
Solskjaer added: “Fitness wise, he’s available, and, of course, for Alexis who’s been here and played here, when he’s on the pitch he wants to prove a point for us as well. He’s been injured, he’s not had a fantastic season so far and let’s hope he can end the season great.
“We’re in the business end, playing games Manchester United are used to playing in. We’re challenging for a semi-final, so let’s hope Alexis, when he’s on the pitch he can be happy with his performance.”
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