Soccer

Paul Pogba insists Man United can pull off a Nou Camp shock

14 April 2019 - 00:00 By The Daily Telegraph


Paul Pogba believes Manchester United's comeback against Paris St-Germain will be playing on Barcelona minds as he warned his teammates they would have to be "killers" to pull off another extraordinary Champions League rescue act.
Pogba's call-to-arms ahead of the second leg of their quarterfinal at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, when United must overturn a 1-0 deficit, was echoed by Romelu Lukaku, who urged the side to show "more heart and b**** " than they did at Old Trafford. United became the first team in European Cup history to overturn a 2-0 deficit in a knockout tie when they beat PSG 3-1 at the Parc des Princes.
"Paris will probably be in their minds, for sure, because they saw what we could do against PSG," said the United midfielder. "We know that we can hurt them. We saw a team [at Old Trafford] that we can beat and we believe we can beat them."
To achieve that, United will have to be far more clinical in front of goal than on Wednesday night, when they failed to register a shot on target from 10 attempts.
United's counterattacking set-up seems more naturally suited to playing on the road - some of their biggest problems have come when they have the majority of the ball and have struggled to break down teams who sit deeper - and the statistics support that.
Alarmingly, United have won only half of their 22 matches at Old Trafford in all competitions this season, compared to 14 wins from 24 away, and they have managed 11 more goals on their travels.
The difference has been most pronounced in the Champions League and, in that respect, the prospect of going to the Nou Camp might not necessarily hold as much fear for United as playing four of their final six Premier League matches at Old Trafford.
"We have to avoid giving them chances and be killers in front of goal," Pogba said. United's principal attackers are favouring playing away this season.
Lukaku and Anthony Martial have twice as many goals on the road - 10 and eight respectively - as they do at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford has scored just four times at home compared to nine away and Jesse Lingard has four away goals to his name but just one at Old Trafford.
- © Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019

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