Bartomeu: Barcelona couldn't compete with Man United to sign Pogba in 2016

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Manchester United completed Mission Improbable by beating Paris Saint-Germain and the odds will be stacked against them once again in their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

With coach Ernesto Valverde resting the 32-year-old for the first time all season in Spain's top flight, Barcelona shipped four goals in a 4-4 draw with Villarreal last week.

Those comments have predictably fuelled talk of a switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, but Solskjaer has been calm on the subject of Pogba's future.

As for Pogba, links to Real Madrid have been rife in recent weeks and there appears to be genuine substance about Los Blancos' interest in the Frenchman.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League quarter-final clash with the Catalans tomorrow, Solskjaer said: "Paul is looking forward to tomorrow".

Either side of him could be Anthony Martial and Diogo Dalot, although it would not be a surprise to see Juan Mata dropped into the side for the experience and quality on the ball he offers. What does it really take to win on the biggest stage?

"With the result and what we did against PSG and how we climbed the table, clawing back points, the players have given themselves and the supporters great confidence and belief we can do this".

According to the Times, both David De Gea and Paul Pogba will push for summer exits if United are forced to play in the Europa League next season. The return leg at the Nou Camp is on April 16.

"So he went to United, and he's making them better as a team because he's one of the stars of the world of football right now".

"I think the club has always been one of the biggest in Europe".

Worryingly for United, Lionel Messi seems to be in the form of his life.

"The condition that Zidane put is to have hands free and to sign the players that he wants". Neymar didn't play against us. But it's not just him; I think they're a world-class team.

The Norwegian revealed that he has spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson about this tie, adding: 'Of course I've spoken with the gaffer since the draw was made but no details.

"We're playing against a good team but there is something special about this group of players", Solskjaer said.

Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera were absent today which leaves United depleted in midfield.

"He needed extra warm-up and hopefully he won't get a reaction".

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