That’s according to journalist Matt Dickinson, who can’t envisage United overturning a 1-0 deficit at the Nou Camp tomorrow night.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were beaten by Barca in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford last Wednesday.
It means they will need to produce a comeback similar to their heroics away at PSG in the previous round, which saw them become the first ever team to recover from two goals down away from home in the second leg of a Champions League tie.
However, Dickinson doesn’t give United much of a chance tomorrow – insisting they are in need of a huge rebuild in the summer.
“I just don’t see [Manchester United winning]. Barcelona won in second gear”
“I just don’t see [United winning]. Barcelona won in second gear,” he told Sky Sports’ Sunday Supplement.
“[Barca] are a patchier team. I saw them the previous game at home against Atletico Madrid and they were better then.
“Arthur was much better, as a collective [Ivan] Rakitic was much better. I thought they were, by their standards, which is never gonna be as high as the great 2011 vintage, they were ordinary against United.
“But still they came out with a win. I thought the fact that United, [Scott] McTominay was their most involved [player], did well.”
Dickinson’s comments came after it was claimed:
He continued: “Fred, coming off an ordinary season, did pretty well. But you’re slightly clutching at straws. If you’re going to the Nou Camp to win, good luck.
“[Lionel] Messi did one thing, setup a goal. He can obviously turn it on if he chooses.
“How they got through against PSG, every bit of that game suggests they shouldn’t have won until the late penalty.
“Good luck to them for doing it, they hung in there and [Marcus] Rashford held his nerve. But I think there was nothing else about that game that suggests they should have got through.
“And oddly enough, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not a miracle worker. I think they are suddenly looking at the scale of the rebuild, which is massive.
“Compared to [Manchester] City and Liverpool in domestic, compared to Barcelona and the top teams in Europe, they are a significant, significant step below.
“They’re three or four players, £100/£200m below.”