Manchester United face a stern task of qualifying for the Champions League semi finals, when they face Barcelona in the mid week UCL first leg fixture at Old Trafford.
Barcelona are outrightly the better team. But Red Devils legend Andy Cole has asked that United take inspiration from the treble-winning season of 1998-99 and puncture Lionel Messi and Barça.
“Go and do the same thing,” Cole told Sky Sports. “Go and enjoy it. We knew we were a very good team and Barcelona were a very good team.
“But we showed no fear there. A lot of teams go there and show a bit of fear. They had fantastic players but so did we.
“We went out there and played football. They did the same. That season both games ended up 3-3 and that told you everything about both teams.
“We were respectful but we both tried to beat each other. But six goals in each game speaks volumes about two teams trying to play attacking, attractive football.”
Current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, went on to star in the finals, as Manchester United lifted the trophy, and Cole revealed he had been asked a few times, if he was disappointed, “that Ole scored?”
“Why should I be?” He said. “We won the European Cup! I was fortunate to score in the semis to get us to the European Cup final. For me, it made no difference.”
Years later, and its Solskjaer now heading the flock, and having been rewarded with Barça, for beating Paris Saint Germain, Andy Cole says, he saw it coming.
“I called it beforehand,”
“I said to one of the lads, ‘We’re going to get Barcelona’. It’s a strange thing, it’s fate, it’s 20 years on, and then we get Barcelona. I knew it would happen.”