Solskjaer spoke to Alex Ferguson before Barcelona Champions League tie

Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after his header led to Luke Shaw's early own goal

"We will have to be very alert", Pique started his press conference at Old Trafford alluding to Barcelona's awful record in the quarter-finals of this tournament.

But Manchester United's shock win over Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round has been seen as a warning to clubs not to take the Red Devils lightly.

"But you can't leave United alive". There is an experienced spine to the team that needs to be gradually replaced and Suarez has shown the clearest signs of decline out of those players, so he needs to be moved on over the next few seasons preferably selling him rather than letting his contract run out.

"I'm happy to see him in charge".

"This season I've been lucky enough to face (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Kylian) Mbappe and they're all challenges that I think I definitely relish, and I think players at this club relish".

Of that match, Solskjaer said: "I think there's two teams that carry a goal threat".

"I believe they could win the other three trophies but, on top of everything else, the Champions League could be too much for them".

Barcelona's Sergio Busquets right vies for the ball with Manchester United's Paul Pogba
DAVE THOMPSON APBarcelona's Sergio Busquets right vies for the ball with Manchester United's Paul Pogba

The central defender also had words for Real Madrid: "It is not a surprised. Real Madrid have won the Champions Leagues that they have won these years, but we have also had success". I had my first experiences as a professional and I played with great players. I left my family and friends to come here and I returned to Barcelona an adult.

The encounter with Manchester United will be special for Gerard Pique because of his time in England: "It's a special game and I went from being a kid to an adult here".

"I remember Ole as a great team mate, I was 17 and he was a veteran and for sure he helped me adapt to the club, to the country and to the city", Pique added.

"We will need to be alert to set pieces as well, as they have strong and tall players".

His record in the Champions League is worrying as he is yet to score this season and hasn't scored away from home in the competition since September 2015.

"These are the ties we look forward to".

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