Barcelona a level above Manchester United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Tanya Simon
April 17, 2019

Later he scored his second immediately after few minutes when Manchester United Goalkeeper David De Gea missed a weaker shot under his body.

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Lionel Messi was in inspired form as he scored two goals on the night to send the Red Devils crashing out of Europe at the quarter-final stage.

Barca will enter the semi-finals as one of the favourites to win the Champions League for what would be their sixth title. It was also the first time they had lost 4 away games on the trot after doing so in October of 1999, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer featured as a player.

In the first two minutes at the Camp Nou, United did more than they had in 90 minutes at Old Trafford.

Selling and replacing the Englishman must be a priority this summer for United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, who outlined his transfer plans in his post-match press conference.

Valverde was predictably delighted with Messi, who is up to 45 goals in all competitions this season.

Barca were flustered, so much so the crowd even cheered with relief when Arthur Melo played his team's first convincing pass.

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It seemed it may not be the Catalans' night when referee Felix Brych consulted VAR and changed his mind after initially awarding a penalty when Ivan Rakitic went sprawling under Fred's challenge.

Messi then flew in and grabbed the loose ball ahead of a sliding Young.

The second was simpler.

They were in command after the mercurial Argentine master put them 2-0 up, although they had to ride their luck a bit in the opening exchanges as United threatened a stirring comeback.

Sergi Roberto at the far post only for De Gea to redeem himself with a fantastic save.

Messi could have had his hat-trick too after Luis Suarez found him with a superb cutback and there was an nearly comical sequence in the second half when the Argentinian played with his United chasers before finally being bundled over by McTominay.

Rashford might have made it interesting if he had controlled Pogba's ball over the top but Barcelona were in exhibition mode, helped by a vintage Coutinho curler after he had cut inside from the left. They believe this is their year.

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