Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United need to harness the spirit of Paris St Germain and put in a “perfect performance” if they are to overcome Manchester City and reach the Carabao Cup final.
The Red Devils face an uphill battle in their attempts to reach the Wembley showpiece after losing the first leg of their semi-final against Pep Guardiola’s men 3-1 at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford’s goal gives United a glimmer of hope heading to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, when Solskjaer says last March’s stunning comeback win against PSG in the Champions League can be an inspiration.
“Well, it looked like it was over at half-time,” he said. “I have to say the second part of that first half, they outplayed us for a while and it’s hard.
“But then when we got the goal, of course you’re back in it, we hope for another one.
“But now we’ve got to go into the memory bank and think PSG because we’ve done it against good teams before and it gives us some hope, and the game in December (when United won 2-1) of course gives us hope that we can do something there.”
Solskjaer added: “It has to be a perfect performance to win with two goals against such a good team away from home, so for us it’s not about away goals, we just need to score two more than them.
“When they happen and how it happens, if we concede two we need to score four so it would be good not to concede first because that makes it less difficult.”