ManU must tackle Lionel Messi in the last eight, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will be facing Dutch surprise package Ajax. Manchester United will face Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League quarter-finals, while Tottenham take on Premier League rivals Manchester City.
Elsewhere, Liverpool have landed Porto in the last eight and Juventus will be looking for more magic from Cristiano Ronaldo against Ajax.
Tottenham or Man City vs. Ajax or Juventus
Man United or Barcelona vs. Liverpool or Porto
Solskjaer: back to Barcelona
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to the scene of one of his most famous nights after Manchester United were drawn against Barcelona in the quarterfinals of this season’s Champions League.
Solskjaer scored 126 goals in 366 appearances for United, but that doesn’t go nearly far enough in explaining his legacy at Old Trafford. Of those 366 appearances, 150 were were made as a substitute. And of those 126 goals, 33 came in the last 15 minutes, including one in particular that will go down in history. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a Manchester United legend – and he cost just £1.5million.
There is only one place to start when discussing Solskjaer’s legacy at Manchester United, and it is no slight on a fantastic career at Old Trafford that one goal stands out so far above all the rest.
Solskjaer had already developed a reputation as a super sub for United, but none of his 29 goals off the bench were more important than the one he scored in Barcelona on May 26, 1999.
Teddy Sheringham had just scored a scarcely-deserved injury-time equaliser against the dominant Bayern Munich, who had led since the sixth minute through Mario Basler’s goal.
Within 30 seconds, United had another corner. Sheringham nodded down David Beckham’s delivery, and Solskjaer stuck out a foot to volley it into the roof of the net from three yards out. The most unlikely comeback was complete, and United were England’s first-ever treble winners.