Philippe Coutinho warns FC Barcelona about Man United duo

Philippe Coutinho warns FC Barcelona about Man United duo

Now back in the side, he's likely to face Man United in the Champions League quarter-final first leg and made it clear that he hasn't forgotten his past.

"I said to one of the lads, "We're going to get Barcelona".

"I think it could be an advantage because we've already faced them many times and we've already beaten them, but maybe knowing each other very well could also be a disadvantage".

Barcelona are top of LaLiga Santander, in the final of the Copa Del Rey and in the Champions League quarter-finals, and the Brazilian playmaker wants to prove himself and win trophies.

Solskjaer has overseen a change in mood and indeed results at Old Trafford since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, but there is a general acceptance that the Red Devils need to spend heavily this summer in order to compete for the Premier League title next season. That's mostly down to him, especially in the manner in which he arrived, his way of communicating with players, with the media, his way of understanding the club.

Manchester United's form has not been what fans were hoping for since the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

"I have that nailed in my memory and, even though this is a different stage, if Barcelona knock United out of Europe, it will be a double personal satisfaction for me".

"I expect it will be Messi who makes the difference against United and he is the reason I think Barca will perhaps go on to win the whole thing".

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"My head is exclusively in Barcelona. Returning to England now does not fit into my plans", Coutinho told the Sunday Mirror.

"I wanted to play football in Spain and here I am, playing at the best club in Spain - what more could I ask for?"

"But I have to be honest and say that I would've preferred to only have come up against Liverpool in the final".

"I'm glad that Liverpool are doing well this year".

But despite their impressive performance over the weekend, the former Liverpool forward believes both Pogba and Lukaku can inspire the Red Devils to greatness when they meet.

"At the moment, I'm only focussed on Barcelona".

"I know that Liverpool supporters will be with us at United".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is after a right-back this summer with Antonio Valencia set to depart Old Trafford on a free transfer, following nearly a decade at the club.