Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Paul Pogba to show his worth against Barcelona after rebuffing speculations surrounding his future.
Pogba missed the dramatic comeback in Paris after receiving a red card in the first leg at Old Trafford.
However, the future of the 26-year-old has been the subject of transfer speculation in recent weeks with links to Real Madrid currently rife.
Nonetheless, Solskjaer has rejected those rumours claiming the World Cup winner is looking forward to a showdown with the Catalans.
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“Paul is looking forward to it, he’s a Manchester United player, one of our big performers on the big stage,” Solskjaer said via ESPN.
“His game against PSG was not his greatest moment. He’s only focused on playing and I cannot see him playing for Man United next season.
“Paul at his best can run a game like this and you expect him to put his stamp on it.”
Smalling was credited for doing a decent job in United’s 3-1 win in Paris and would be tasked with keeping Messi quiet against a Barcelona side seeking for their first win at Old Trafford in four attempts.
“It’s something to relish,” Smalling said. “This season I’ve been lucky enough to face [Cristiano] Ronaldo and Mbappe. They’re all challenges I relish and the players relish. I say ‘bring it on.”
United will be aiming for a positive result ahead of the second leg tie in Camp Nou.