However, like so many teams before them, the Dragons just couldn't handle the attacking ability of Liverpool's ruthless front three, and a Sadio Mane hat-trick, accompanied by strikes from Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino ensured Liverpool's progress in Europe's top competition before the end of the first leg.
The spending strategy at Anfield has shifted towards heavy investment in new contracts for the nucleus of a squad that is pursuing Premier League and Champions League success this season rather than looking to bring in new signings.
"Man United in April and May, always find our form, we can't wait for the challenge for this and big nights like when Barcelona come, we've got so many highlights to look forward to", he added, referring to a tie against the Catalan giants in the Champions League quarter-finals. The two teams meet again in the league just days after the second leg, on April 20.
With City and United not allowed to play their home leg in the same week, United will entertain the leaders of La Liga at Old Trafford on April 9 or 10, with the return a week later.
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Taking a 2-1 advantage into this quarter final second leg, Liverpool needed a defensive masterclass in Turin to keep out the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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"We're at home, I'd like to think we'll give the fans something to go on and something for us too".
Solskjaer said he had been inundated with messages from friends telling him United's name is on the trophy - but warned his players there would be no helping hand from up above.
Real Madrid's exit will increase Barca's determination to go all the way, but they will be mindful of the threat posed by Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba for United.
The Champions League final takes place on 1 June in Madrid. But for United to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2011, they will have to pull off one of the biggest results in their European history.