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Solskjaer spoke to Alex Ferguson before Barcelona Champions League tie

Solskjaer spoke to Alex Ferguson before Barcelona Champions League tie

Barca start the tie as favourites but United come into the clash buoyed by an impressive comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the last round. "I think [at Old Trafford], PSG played better".

Manchester United's face the biggest test of their season so far against Barcelona on Wednesday night. They need to continue their pursuit of the Serbian as he possesses a high level of technical ability and intelligence that would make him a good fit at the club.

The deal will likely see his weekly pay rocket from £80,000-a-week if the club agree with his wage demands. The Premier League side's form has suffered since Ferguson's retirement in 2013 but Pique still believes they're England's best club despite now sitting sixth in the Premier League.

"They have always been the biggest team in England", he said.

"They consider the Premier League the same as the Champions League here - if not more important - and since the Ferguson era they've been the biggest team and will keep on being the biggest team".

"We weren't lucky with the ref against PSG where they should have had a man sent off so we hope for some luck there as well".

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With this in mind, Rashford is ready to commit himself to his boyhood team by signing a new deal until 2024 - but he wants similar money to what Wayne Rooney was earning in his last few years at Old Trafford, according to The Mirror. I had my first experiences as a professional and I played with great players.

"It's a special game for me", he explained.

Pique was also briefly a team-mate of current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, playing alongside him for three seasons before the Norwegian's retirement in 2007.

He said: "I remember Ole as a great team-mate. When I returned to Barcelona I was a very different person".

One of Pique's team-mates during his time at United was Solskjaer and the former Spain worldwide says he was instrumental in helping him settle into life at the club. "We are excited about winning it and the pressure would be the same if we hadn't won it for 15 years".

"I imagine we will have the ball, but we have to try and control their counters".