Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to future after Barcelona defeat

17 April, 2019, 14:01 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Man Utd-Barcelona

Two goals from Lionel Messi and another one from Philippe Coutinho helped Barcelona advance into the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side.

Messi almost completed his hat-trick with a bicycle kick as Barcelona completely dominated the second half, with their play leaving United chasing shadows.

Valverde said his side were relieved to finally hurdle the quarter-final barrier after three successive exits in the last eight, particularly after last season's 3-0 second-leg defeat to AS Roma after winning the first leg 4-1.

After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea.

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Twenty years ago at Barcelona's stadium, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed one of the most memorable comebacks in soccer history when he scored the English team's second injury-time goal to stun Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

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Man United are in a hole, having gone down 1-0 at home to Barca in the first leg.

"He is very motivated to play in Spain", he said.

Young was undoubtedly to blame for Lionel Messi's 16th-minute opener as he carelessly gave the ball away and then missed his tackle.

Not the greatest Barca team of recent years by any stretch, but Messi is as great as he's ever been, shining on the brightest stage of all once more as he fired Barca belatedly back into the semis.

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. At 2-0 it was game over. The second I had even more luck.

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished.

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