Gary Lineker reacts to Man United’s 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona

Ross Houston
April 17, 2019

They have a battle on their hands to finish in the Premier League's top four but Solskjaer is already envisioning a scenario in the future where United are on an equal footing with their conquerors on Tuesday night. United were brilliant for eight minutes and could have been ahead within 30 seconds as Rashford raced onto a curving Paul Pogba pass and toed away a shot, which Marc-Andre ter Stegen bravely left to graze his own crossbar.

Gary Neville has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to enter the transfer market and reconstruct his Manchester United defence following the 4-0 aggregate Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

According to Manchester United legend and BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, Messi's performance was revenge against Chris Smalling after getting roughed up by the center back at Old Trafford. "In the next few years it is going to be a massive effort to get to the level of Barcelona and these sorts of teams".

"I have to say Lionel Messi is top quality and he was the difference of course", he said.

Manchester United's Norwegian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) and Barcelona's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde gesture during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 16, 2019.

"But we all know that no matter how much you study Leo, or if you have the tools and those are good, talent is always above anything else".

Barcelona's win against Manchester United has also seen them take another step closer to winning the treble this season, but Messi stressed that the club had to take the rest of the campaign in bitesize pieces.

"At 2-0 straight after it was game over".

He added Messi's majestic display underlined why is he regarded as the best player in the world alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. When you make an error, it can get highlighted and that'll be remembered.

Asked about the challenge of taking on a player like Messi, Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio: "We do some things different".

2 - Ajax have been eliminated on two of the three previous occasions they have drawn the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie at home, most recently in the 2005-06 last 16 against Inter Milan.

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