“I believe that you get what you deserve in life, in sports. If you put the work in, if you work hard, show the right attitude, if you go in every single day and do the right things then I believe you can maximise your chances.
“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. We met them in the group stages as well that year – 3-3 each both home and away. It’ll be a good game.”
United were initially drawn to play the first leg at the Nou Camp and the second leg at Old Trafford but the fixtures had to be reversed due to a clash with Manchester City, who were due to play Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League quarter-final at the Etihad in the same week, a situation opposed by the local authorities.
But Solskjaer said he was delighted United would now have to go to Barcelona for the second leg – and urged his players to produce a repeat of their dramatic 3-1 win at Paris St-Germain in the second leg of their last-16 tie, when Marcus Rashford’s VAR-awarded penalty in stoppage time sent them through on away goals.
“I’ve got to be honest, and I’m probably completely different to 99per cent of the managers, but I prefer away last, like we had against PSG,” he said.
“I’ve always thought if you can get a decent result at home then we know we can go away and hurt anyone, like we did at PSG. To win trophies you’ve got to win at least one or two really tough games. They are like defining moments.”
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, believes he will be branded “a failure” by his critics if he does not win the Champions League with Manchester City after claiming he has become a victim of his own success.
Guardiola’s reign as Bayern Munich coach was considered a disappointment in some quarters, despite winning three Bundesliga titles, because he failed to lift the European Cup, exiting at the semi-final stage in each of his three seasons in Germany.
Guardiola – who won the competition twice with Barcelona – is convinced that there will be people who judge his tenure at City in the same way if Champions League success is not forthcoming.
“I was judged in Munich in that way so I will be judged here as well,” Guardiola said.