Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has talked about Manchester United’s performance after the loss against Barcelona and praised their captain Lionel Messi.
Manchester United faced a 3-0 defeat in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal to Barcelona.
The Catalan giants registered a 4-0 aggregate victory in the tie, with Lionel Messi scoring a brace, Coutinho scoring a stunner and an own goal from Luke Shaw (in the first leg).
Barcelona were phenomenal throughout the game and didn’t allow United to make a comeback after Solskjaer’s men dominated the opening few minutes with relentless pressing.
However, Marcus Rashford and Scott McTominay failed to convert their chances, as Barcelona punished them. David De Gea also committed a howler in the game, which hurt United further.
Solskjaer spoke about Lionel Messi and Manchester United’s performance in the post-match conference.
Solskjaer on Messi:
The Norwegian admitted that Lionel Messi was the main difference between Barcelona and Manchester United in tonight’s game at Nou Camp.
“If you want the result you need a performance and of course we started well but then he hits that in the bottom corner,” Solskjaer said. “He’s top quality and he was the difference.
“He’s different class, Him and Cristiano.”
Solskjaer further added that the current Barcelona side is what Manchester United aims to be, and added that the Catalan giants were a “level above” his side.
“This Barcelona side is the level we need to get to, we have to be in a position to challenge the Barcelonas and they were a couple of levels above us.
“We want to play these games again next year and we have a massive week coming up with Everton, City and Chelsea.”
How Twitter reacted..
After losing 5 out of his last 7 games, covering the period he got a 3-year contact, Solskjaer now facing having to beat City and Chelsea to make the Champions League places. True test for Ole
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) April 16, 2019
4 – Manchester United have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 1999 – current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær featured in all four of those 1999 defeats. Recurrence. pic.twitter.com/OlHGuZgz5P
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 16, 2019
Chasm between teams and individuals was huge. Solskjaer will lament not taking early chances but result and #mufc‘s league position reliably reflect this team and squad. Too many are not good enough for the level United want to be at yet they’ve been allowed to linger.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) April 16, 2019
Manchester United returns to action on the weekend as the side takes on Everton in the Premier League.