'Messi always gets us out of trouble' - Valverde

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2019

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.

Messi's first was something to behold as he glided past the challenge of Ashley Young and curled the ball past a helpless David de Gea.

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.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels Manchester United must conduct "clever business" in the summer following their humbling exit in the Champions League.

In the first two minutes at the Camp Nou, United did more than they had in 90 minutes at Old Trafford.

Here are some essential Opta facts as we get ever closer to finding out who will progress to the last four.

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto (Semedo 71), Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur (Vidal 75); Messi (c), Suarez, Coutinho (Dembele 81).

"At 2-0 straight after it was game over". I've said all along this isn't going to change overnight and the next few years are going to be massive for us to get to the level where Barcelona and other teams are at the moment.

"I think it's important when you make a mistake of that nature, in your home country, he's now an experienced player".

"They were a couple of levels above over the two games".

"Messi is an exceptional talent, him and Cristiano (Ronaldo) have been the best players in the world in the last decade".

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.

"You have to lift them (the players)".

Barca will enter the semi-finals as one of the favourites to win the Champions League for what would be their sixth title. Barcelona has qualified for the Champions League semi-final for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign under Luis Enrique.

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