United must do ‘clever business’ to compete with European elite - Solskjaer

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Marcus Rashford struck the crossbar for the visitors in the second minute at the Nou Camp but Messi scored twice in the space of five minutes later in the first half to put Barca at ease.

We all know what happened next.

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

"We said all along this was not going to change overnight", United's coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

He said: "We did well to get here and you could see the difference between the two teams". If we want to get back to Man Utd's true level, true traditions, we have to challenge Barcelona. "But the memory of what we did in Paris will live with the players because it's not long ago".

There was joy for Lionel Messi and anguish for Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Manchester United while Juventus were knocked out by Ajax.

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It was also the first time they had lost 4 away games on the trot after doing so in October of 1999, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer featured as a player.

They made an enterprising start as Marcus Rashford struck the top of the crossbar in the first few seconds but were thoroughly second best after five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi opened the scoring after 16 minutes. Then Messi stepped into the space, beat Young to the lose ball, nutmegged Fred, cut inside and powered home a ideal left-footed shot into the far bottom corner, where De Gea could only collect it from.

"United are unsafe and the result from the first leg is risky", he added.

"Of course it's a fantastic memory for me", said Solskjaer. "It could have been different if we had started better and we got the first goal, but now we have to concentrate on next week".

"The attitude was right, we were fighting against a good team and good players out there".

4 - Of the 70 previous occasions a side has won a Champions League knockout tie first leg away from home, just four have been eliminated (six per cent).

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