Man Utd must show no fear against Barcelona, says Andy Cole

Posted April 08, 2019

Coutinho has failed to nail down a regular starting berth and has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea as a result but, with the Catalan giants set to face United at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Coutinho says he has unfinished business at Barca.

"United fans want us to win it because they want to win it", said the 46-year-old.

"If they boo myself and Luis Suarez then that's normal at Old Trafford because of the team we used to play for". I'm not one to sit back, rest on my laurels and think: "That was a great time" - it's more thinking about what did we do to get there.

But Solskjaer says ensuring no other English club - least of all City - matches the famous 1999 Treble, a success capped by his Champions League final victor against Bayern Munich in Camp Nou, is not his motivation for success.

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It's the latest challenge as City maintain our quest for what would be an unprecedented quadruple with the Club having already lifted the Carabao Cup, booked a place in the FA Cup final and just two points off top spot in the Premier League with a game in hand. "Returning to play in England isn't in my plans".

"That's what I learned from him the most - how he managed to get the best out of every single player".

Former Liverpool FC midfielder Coutinho has warned his FC Barcelona team-mates about Manchester United duo Lukaku and Pogba ahead of the first leg of their quarter-final.

"What I can say is that I'm glad that Liverpool are doing well this year and, if the draw had been different, I would have liked to play the Champions League Final against them". But I have to be honest and say I would have preferred to meet Liverpool only in the final itself.

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That would see Coutinho line up against his former side, should Liverpool advance past Porto, and the Brazilian said of the prospect: "I know that Liverpool supporters will be with us at United".

He was maybe pointing at one player so that the 10 others would help him out.

"We shall see. We'll have to beat Tottenham first and then we'll see". I have won titles but I am always an ambitious and demanding player.

"In nearly five seasons with Liverpool I had both good and bad results here, so I'm not really thinking about the past".

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"But I just think it will be a step too far for them".