Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Manchester United told to think of PSG in Barcelona test

Manchester United told to think of PSG in Barcelona test

The first blood score came in the 16th minute of the second leg match at Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi's first-half double - the first a trademark finish, the second courtesy of a blunder from David De Gea - plus Philippe Coutinho's 61st-minute wonder goal gave a stark reminder of the difference between the two sides.

United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile backed Barca to conquer the continent again.

"You never know what can happen in football, they [United] have a very good team and they could have caused us problems, so we made sure we were focussed and played with intensity so we would make it through". At the moment, we've really, really done well to get to the quarter-finals and challenge for the top four. "But the memory of what we did in Paris will live with the players because it's not long ago".

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Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar after 35 seconds, while Scott McTominay had an opportunity one minutes later, though the Catalans woke up after those scares.

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The entertaining factor was replaced by plenty of tension and poor play, and apart from a magical first 15 minutes from Barcelona which earned them the only goal of the game, it was not a night to remember in England.

Solskjaer said: "That's unfortunate with goalkeepers".

Things should be much different this time around: United have no choice but to attack to at least score a goal and send the game to extra-time.

"He's an exceptional talent, him and Cristiano have been the best players in the world the last decade and he showed why we think that and why this team have won the Champions League so many times", added the Norwegian. With his goals, he has now scored 24 times in 32 matches against English clubs.

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