Barcelona a level above Manchester United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Barcelona a level above Manchester United, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Possibly the best Barcelona performance of the season saw the Blaugrana return to the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating Manchester United 3-0 at the Camp Nou, advancing 4-0 on aggregate. "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".

"We've got good players to work with and at the moment we've done really well to get to the quarters and challenge for top four, but we've got a rebuilding job", he admitted.

They play on Wednesday evening with the Reds leading 2-0 on aggregate from the first leg at Anfield.

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.

PSG led United 2-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford but lost 1-3 at the Parc des Princes to exit the competition on the away goals rule.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sent Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a message after the defeat to Barcelona. Barcelona's fans celebrated that too.

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Solskjaer had urged his strikers to be more lethal here but it felt ominous that even before kick-off, Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez had hit 42 goals this season, while Messi on his own had 43.

They could have hardly have asked for a better start.

Smalling's stray shoulder caught Lionel Messi in the face in the first leg tie and left the Argentinian attacker with a bloody nose and a blood clot on his eyelid.

As for De Gea, Neville was a bit more sympathetic but also believes the Spaniard should come out and explain his costly mistake at the Camp Nou which gifted Messi his second.

Messi then breezed about the pitch - nutmegging players in pink nearly at will and then spraying a brilliant ball to the onrushing Jordi Alba whose cut-back teed up Coutinho who delivered an emphatic finish.

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

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