Man Utd were brave but not accurate enough as an own goal from Luke Shaw made the only difference between the two sides. Solskjaer talked to media after the game.
Manchester United conceded a narrow 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal.
Luke Shaw’s own goal was the only goal of the game. Manchester United charged at Barcelona’s defence with regular attacks throughout the game, but failed to register a single shot on the target.
Manchester United’s issues with finishing and crossing resurfaced again as the side failed to stop the Catalan giants from cruising out of Old Trafford with a crucial away goal lead.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked to the media after the game, and issued a strong message for Barcelona for the second leg.
Solskjaer on Barcelona:
The Manchester United manager stated that the side will travel to Camp Nou with only one intention – scoring.
“There’s positives to take from tonight,” Solskjaer began. “We need to tighten up a few things and we’ll go there with one thing in mind: we have to score.
“We didn’t start great. They scored a great goal, there was great movement by Messi and Suarez and they’re fortunate that it comes off Luke and changes direction. It’s a blow but we settled well. We’re still in this tie.”
The side kept Messi and Suarez from enforcing their impact in the game, and Solskjaer was appreciative of the side’s efforts, and McTominay’s in particular.
“He’s (Messi) a fantastic player. We did as well as we could against him. We kept our shape well. It could have gone both ways.
“We didn’t hit the target and that’s one of the disappointing things. We’ll go there with work to be done but we will create chances.
“McTominay? Fantastic. Every time he plays for us he’s improving. He was good on the ball, he’s a great athlete and he can run all day long. He was composed. He brought the ball down a few times and he settled us down.”
How Twitter reacted..
I think there’s some positive signs as to what Solskjaer could build at United, especially with some quality additions. Sadly I’ve got zero trust in the club getting him the players he needs/wants. Talk of a Director of Football has gone ominously quiet & Woodward is a nincompoop
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 10, 2019
Solskjaer wanted to be in the game going to the Nou Camp and, at the very least, he’s got that. Punished for a slow start and a lack of composure in decent positions. Credit to McTominay and Smalling. Both did well.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) April 10, 2019
“It’s a longer term project for him (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) at the football club.”
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) April 10, 2019
Click here to read what Chris Smalling had to say about tonight’s game.