April 16, 2019
Manchester United saw themselves beaten 3-0 by Barcelona in the quarter-final second leg of the UEFA Champions League at the Camp Nou on Tuesday evening, losing 4-0 on aggregate to the La Liga leaders. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needs to lick their wounds ahead of a battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
The match did not start too well for United as Marcus Rashford missed a shot in the opening minute of the match. Barcelona was awarded a penalty in the 11th minute after Fred was adjudged to have fouled Ivan Rakitic. The referee, Felix Brych, used VAR disallowing the penalty, which was lucky for United.
United lasted five minutes before Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a fine finish after Ashley Young gave the ball away on the left and United then gave Messi too much space. Just four minutes later, Messi doubled Barcelona’s lead firing towards David De Gea with the Spanish number one losing the ball underneath himself.
De Gea did start to restore himself later in the first half though, although looking at the save he made, after Messi turned Phil Jones, the Spaniard knew little about it. United had a free kick late in the first half and getting a goal there could have put them back into the game, however, it was not meant to be.
Barcelona scored again just after the hour after Jordi Alba set Philippe Coutinho up to score a beauty of a goal which should be enough to send United packing, although that was effectively done after they conceded the first goal. United did have opportunities in the game but did little to make them important.:
Goals:Lionel Messi 16′, 20′, Philippe Coutinho 61′
Assists: Jordi Alba 61′
Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Lindelof, Young; McTominay, Fred, Pogba; Lingard (Sanchez 80′); Rashford (Lukaku 73′), Martial (Dalot 65′)
Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Mata, Pereira, Matic
Bookings: Luis Suarez 77′