“Goals always change games. We’ve got to get the first goal and then anything can happen,” Solskjaer said.“Football is a technical and tactical game but it’s also a mental game. If we get the first one we would start believing more and then they might start doubting themselves.“It’s never mission impossible. It’s just more difficult.“Everyone knows we can do it. In the Champions League in the last few years there have been so many examples of teams that can change results like this.”United have won 13 out their 16 fixtures in all competitions since Solskjaer took charge in December.However, despite domestic victories away at Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, United’s last away win in the knock-out phase of the Champions League was in April 2011 against Schalke.“When nobody believes in you there is always that bit of character in yourself that you want to show,” Solskjaer added.“Making history is not the motivation. The motivation is going through. These players aren’t used to losing.”Solskjaer’s side also go into the second leg in Paris with the suspended Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez among 10 first-team absentees.Sanchez will be missing for four to six weeks after going off injured in the 3-2 win over Southampton on Saturday.Defender Phil Jones is out with illness, while Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian are all injured and not among the 20-man squad that travelled to France.Teenagers Tahith Chong, James Garner, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have been included.Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani faces a late fitness test ahead match for Paris St Germain’ according to coach Thomas Tuchel.The Uruguay striker, who picked up a thigh injury last month and missed his club’s 2-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford, has taken part in the last two training sessions.“He took part in the last two training sessions in full, but we are going to wait until tomorrow,” Tuchel told a news conference yesterday.“We have decided to wait and make a decision on his participation in the game tomorrow.”MATCH FACTSNo club has ever progressed to the next round of the Champions League after losing the first leg of a knockout match at home by two or more goals (34 previous cases).Paris St-Germain have lost just one of their last 16 Champions League games at home (W10 D5), but that defeat came in the last 16 last season against Real Madrid (1-2).None of the last six English sides to face Paris St-Germain at the Parc des Princes have won. In fact, the only English team to prevail away from home versus PSG were Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in September 2004 (3-0).Four of the last five two-legged encounters between teams from England and France in the Champions League knockout phase have seen the French side progress.PSG have scored 35 goals in their last 10 Champions League home games but haven’t kept a clean sheet in each of the last five.Manchester United have won only one of their last 10 Champions League knockout games (D3 L6), with this coming against Olympiakos in March 2014 (3-0 at Old Trafford). Their last away win in the knockout stages came eight years ago against Schalke (2-0), in April 2011.Manchester United have lost their last two Champions League matches (1-2 away in Valencia in the final group stage match, 0-2 defeat to PSG in the first leg of this tie). They haven’t lost three games in succession in the competition since March 2005.The heaviest margin of defeat that Manchester United have suffered over a two-legged European tie is by three goals; in the 1957/58 European Cup semi-final versus AC Milan (2-5 on aggregate) and in the 1991/92 Cup Winners’ Cup Round of 16 against Atletico Madrid (1-4 on aggregate).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United’s last-16 second-leg Champions League tie at Paris St-Germain tonight is not “mission impossible”, says interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The match is coming against the backdrop of Ajax’s spectacular comeback against cup holders, Real Madrid last night at Santiago Bernabue where they won 4-1 after 1-2 loss in Amsterdam three weeks ago.United lost the home leg 2-0 and will need to make history to progress and club has ever advanced in the knockout phase after losing at home by two or more goals in the first leg. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer excited by return to Old Trafford
Published on April 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Editor’s Note: The column below is republished column from The Daily Orange’s coverage of Syracuse’s Final Four run back in 1996. The Orange has made a similar run to the Final Four this year after many doubters questioned SU’s place in the Tournament to begin with.For the first time in nine years, the Orangemen are playing in April.They have a chance at winning their first national title.They’ve given fans some of the best games of the NCAA Tournament. Despite all of this, some people want to put a negative spin on Syracuse’s march to the national championship game.One national reporter even had the audacity to say, “I can’t believe this horsesh*t team is playing for the national championship.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse in the Final Four has been like the Christmas in March to Syracuse fans, but to call this team horsesh*t is both unprofessional and idiotic.The Orangemen have been criticized more for winning then they were for losing in the second round last year.The attacks have come from all angles. The most notable criticism floating around the media circus is that the Orangemen haven’t played anybody to get to the championship game.Don’t blame Jim Boeheim and the players for not playing tough opponents. You can only play the teams in your bracket.The path has been cleared of the powerhouses, but that shouldn’t diminish the achievements of these players. There is only one criteria a team needs to satisfy in order to play in the national final – win five consecutive NCAA Tournament games. The NCAA doesn’t stipulate as to the talent, record or seed of these teams. You just have to beat them.Those in the media have come up with other “brilliant” statements about this team. One says that Boeheim has done the best job of his coaching career this year.That’s not a brilliant statement, that’s stupidity. Boeheim didn’t become a good coach this year. Boeheim is either a good coach or a bad coach, but this year isn’t the criteria on which to base that judgment. He was one missed shot away from winning a national title in 1987. The Orangemen had the game won, but a terrific shot took that all away.If John Wallace wouldn’t have hit that shot against Georgia, the same people would probably say Boeheim can’t win the close ones. Everybody can have their opinions about Boeheim but they shouldn’t change because this team has gone to the Final Four.If he was a bad coach before this year, well, he hasn’t changed his style and he’s still a bad coach.If he is the present day John Wooden, well this year proves that point.Now to the game at hand. “Yeah, but wait till Syracuse gets beat by 30 against Kentucky.”That seems to be the motto here. Just another attempt to undermine Syracuse’s accomplishments. Big deal if the Orangemen get blown out, they’ve gone way above expectations. They won’t be the only team to get beaten badly by Rick Pitino and the Wildcats.Stranger things have happened that the Orangemen winning the national title this season.The ‘80s produced three incredible wins by underdogs, so it has been done before. If Danny Manning could lead Kansas to the title in 1988, maybe John Wallace can do the same in 1996.If the Orangemen catch fire from the field and handle the Kentucky full court press, Syracuse could prove all the “Experts” wrong and actually compete with the Wildcats. And just think if the Orangemen win. This “horseshit” team may teach some sportswriters the meaning of respect but, most importantly, to keep their mouths shut and wait for the outcome of the game before they crown the winner. Comments
Arter damaged his Achilles during Bournemouth’s 2-0 win over Southampton while O’Shea was taken off during the first half in Sunderland’s 2-all draw with Crystal Palace.Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will hope both are available for the friendly matches against Switzerland and Slovakia at the end of the month.Tipperary’s Shane Long damaged his knee during the Saints loss at the Vitality stadium but manager Ronald Koeman says the Gortnahoe native’s injury is not that serious.
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Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring against Liverpool 1 Diego Costa has become a pantomime villain for Liverpool fans.His battles with Martin Skrtel for club and country, a winning goal for Chelsea at Anfield earlier in the campaign and now a chest-to-chest confrontation with Jordan Henderson, for some reason, haven’t endeared him to the Kop.It didn’t help that the Spain striker turned down a switch to Anfield back in 2013 – and Liverpool supporters now even have a song for him, which you can see here.But at talkSPORT we remember a different time.So let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at when Liverpool fans LOVED and wanted to sign the man they now hate…