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ALEX-IN Sanchez, Matic and Darmian travel to Barcelona – joined by banned Shaw on Utd plane
Mama G - North K. AG|April. 15, 2019
ALEXIS SANCHEZ is back in contention to play for Manchester United as he travels to Barcelona almost a month after his last appearance.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called up a 22-man travelling party for Tuesday's game in Spain with Luke Shaw on the plane despite his Champions League ban.
A 1-0 win at Old Trafford put Barcelona on course for the semi-finals but the Red Devils have already overturned one first leg deficit in this season's competition.
That triumph away to Paris Saint-Germain will serve as their inspiration, as will the fact Solskjaer helped the club win the trophy at the Camp Nou almost 20 years ago.
Sanchez could be something of a secret weapon for revitalising United on Tuesday night, having struggled to impress since joining.
A run of four defeats in six , in all competitions, has dampened the mood following the incredible form witnessed in Solskjaer's early days at the helm.
The Chilean forward last played on March 2 but flew out alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill on Monday.
DEFENSIVE BOOST
Also heading to Catalonia were Nemanja Matic and Matteo Darmian.
Illness and a muscle injury have kept the Serbian midfielder on the sidelines for a fortnight with Darmian reportedly due to leave the club in the summer.
Another edging towards the Old Trafford exit door is Ander Herrera, and the Spaniard will miss out again this midweek because of a thigh knock.
Paris Saint-Germain are reported to have already signed him to a pre-contract agreement once his deal runs out in the summer, and Solskjaer claimed that the speculation might have contributed to his injury.
"Maybe the future might have been worrying him," said the manager on Friday.
"Maybe that is part of the reason why he is injured.
"Who knows? He doesn’t know why he is injured."
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