Friday's draw for the Champions League quarterfinals set up a clash between Barcelona and a Manchester United side that has been showing signs of returning to glory since the arrival of "caretaker" coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United's revival on European soccer's biggest stage is the result of a historic comeback that players and fans alike will recount to their grandchildren.

After suffering a 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the round-of-16 tie at Old Trafford, the Red Devils shocked PSG 3-1 at Parc des Princes in the second leg to claim the quarterfinal berth.

"We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams," Solskjaer said on United's Twitter account after Friday's draw at UEFA headquarters in the Swiss city of Nyon.

The Norwegian will get what he wants in facing off against the Catalan giant. The first leg is scheduled for April 10 in Manchester, with the second set for April 16 in Barcelona.

Sizing up the battle with Barça, Solskjaer said: "We had the final against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semifinal in 2008 when Scholesy scored; it is these games our fans and this club craves. We are looking forward to this one."

United defeated Barcelona in the semifinal in 2008 on the way to their most recent Champions League title, before going on to lose to the Catalan club in the 2009 and 2011 finals.

Between them, Man United and Barcelona have hoisted the Champions League trophy eight times.

The draw initially called for the United-Barça first leg to be played at Camp Nou and the second at Old Trafford.

But UEFA authorities decided to reverse the locations because the second leg of the Manchester City-Tottenham Hotspur was also set for April 16 in the northern English city.

Evidently unsure of the capacity of Manchester's police force to maintain order among four warring fan bases, UEFA decided against holding two quarterfinal second leg matches on the same day in the same city.

The switch in venues did not phase Solskjaer.

"I am probably completely different to 99 per cent of managers, as I prefer away like we had against PSG. If you can get a decent result at home, then we know we can go away and hurt anyone like we did in Paris," he said.