Champions League: Why Coutinho changed his mind about Manchester United move


Alexis Sanchez has been underperforming ever since he joined Manchester United from Arsenal a year ago and it is more or less certain that the forward will be on his way out of the club during the summer transfer window.

"We had (Barcelona) flustered at times here as well". We weren't good enough against them [at Old Trafford].

Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez were included in the 22-man squad that flew out to Spain today ahead of Manchester United's clash with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

But his side registered a single shot on target in the first leg at Old Trafford and the manager admitted that while the remarkable comeback at the Parc des Princes has given them belief, they will need to play considerably better in Catalonia.

Marcus Rashford tried restoring parity for the Red Devils nearly immediately after conceding their first goal but his efforts was intercepted by the visitors defenders.

"Definitely, 100%. Someone needs to explain why a Wednesday night first leg becomes a Tuesday second leg in the Champions League".

Lionel Messi will return, having missed the weekend win over Huesca after taking a blow to the head from United's Chris Smalling in the first leg. Valverde compared that to "being hit by a truck" but said Messi was now in "perfect condition" to play.

Chelsea are in dire need of strengthening in the summer, given the Blues are aware that we will have to go through a period without signing players.

Players returning from injuries is definitely a welcome boost given the recent injuries Solskjaer has had to navigate through.

PSG could also be an option for Coutinho: Neymar is said to be encouraging his compatriot to join him in France, and the Ligue 1 champions have communicated their appreciation of the player to his agents.

"Alexis has been here and played here", Solskjaer said.

To make matters worse Barca have not lost a European tie at home for 30 games. "He has been injured and has not had a fantastic season so far so let's hope that he can end it well because we're at the business end of the season now".

Sanchez was handed a contract worth 500,000-a-week, but has proved to be one of the most expensive failures in the club's history.

A Champions League quarter-final at the Camp Nou is exactly the sort of stage United's number seven was signed for.