Marcus Rashford arrives at Old Trafford

Rashford back to boost Reds against Barça

Wednesday 10 April 2019 19:21

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recalled Marcus Rashford to Manchester United’s attack against Barcelona in a bid to secure a victory to take to the Nou Camp next Tuesday.

The boss has made just that one change to face Barça from the side beaten in the Reds' last outing, against Wolves at Molineux in the Premier League.

Rashford, who was injured and missed the defeat in the Midlands, is back in the forward line alongside Romelu Lukaku.

"Rashy's fine. He's been ill as well, he had his last test yesterday so hopefully he'll last for as long as he can," said Solskjaer, in his pre-match interview with BT Sport.

"He'll do his best - we know Rashy, he lives for nights like this."

Marcus Rashford has proved his fitness ahead of the first leg.

The only player from the Molineux XI who drops out is Jesse Lingard, who has to be content with a place on the bench against the Spanish champions.

Solskjaer's selection of Scott McTominay is also another huge vote of confidence for the United Academy product; the Scotland midfielder plays his second major Champions League match, having featured in the astonishing 3-1 away win against Paris St Germain in the second leg of our last-16 tie.

McTominay also opened the scoring against Wolves eight days ago.

The Reds face a tough task against the La Liga leaders, whose coach Ernesto Valverde has unsurprisingly selected Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in his forward line.

"We're playing against a good team - if we let them dominate, we're in for a hard night," acknowledged Solskjaer.

"But our side is similar to the one that did so well over in Paris. They all played so well against PSG."

United: De Gea, Young (C), Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw, Dalot, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku

Subs: Jones, Mata, Martial, Lingard, Pereira, Rojo, Romero

Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur, Coutinho, Suarez, Messi.

Subs: Cillesen, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Alena, Vidal, Dembele, Malcom.