& # 39; Lionel Messi was a different class and Barcelona was on a few levels above us & # 39 ;, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confesses after Champions League disappointment
- Messi's first half brace hoped for another unlikely comeback
- A brilliant attack by Philippe Coutinho sealed a 4-0 victory over the total
- The United boss must now try to lift his players to finish in the top four
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that Lionel Messi and Barcelona are in a different class than Manchester United after their Champions League dream had died.
Messi scored twice in the four-minute space last night when United lost 3-0 and finished 4-0 in the quarter-final step.
On an evening that Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus went to Ajax in Turin, Solskjaer acknowledged that the emphatic defeat of United underlined the task he was faced with to make the club an important player again in Europe.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his hope in the Euro being disturbed by the first half of Lionel Messi in Barcelona
& # 39; The other class of Messi, & # 39; Solskjaer said. & # 39; He and Ronaldo have been the best players of the past decade. Tonight Messi shows its quality.
& # 39; That is the Barcelona team here, and that is the level that we must pursue. We can get there, but we have a lot of work to do.
& # 39; If we want to return to United & # 39; s true traditions and level, we know we have to challenge the Barcelona people. I have to say they were a few levels higher than tonight and in Old Trafford.
& # 39; We did well to come here, but you could see the difference between the two teams. The quality of their finish was absolutely excellent.
& # 39; We know there is work to be done. I have already said that this will not change overnight. The coming years will be enormous to reach the level of Barcelona and other teams.
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& # 39; We are busy with the job and have spoken with the players. We must take the best of each other and create a top-class environment.
& # 39; We have good players to work with, but like I said, we have a renovation job. It starts with the coaches and players and with one or two additions. & # 39;
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford, United started well and Marcus Rashford hit the bar 30 seconds in the opening. But they were knocked out by two goals in quick succession from Messi who effectively ended the tie as a match.
The second came from a terrible blunder from De Gea, who allowed Messi & # 39; s tame shot to slip under his body somehow.
& # 39; That's a shame for keepers & # 39 ;, Solskjaer added. & # 39; If you make a mistake, it can be highlighted and remembered. He has made some fantastic saves and his contribution to the team is good, but sometimes that also happens in football.
& # 39; You know the level. You cannot slip away and make mistakes and you cannot take the chances that you get yourself. We didn't take advantage of our big chance, then they have two shots on target and two targets.
The Manchester United boss must now try to lift his players to finish in the top four
& # 39; If you want the result, you need the execution and you need margins. We started well but Messi hits that in the bottom corner. I have to say he is top quality and he was the difference. When they went 2-0 the game was over.
& # 39; When he gets the ball around the box, he is decisive. He was the winner for them. & # 39;
Messi told Spanish TV: & # 39; We were spectacular. In the beginning we were a little cold and nervous, but then we took control and played spectacular football.
& # 39; The second goal was a bit of luck, but we are past the quarterfinals and it is another small step towards our goal. We know we can't start Champions League games that way. Only 10 bad minutes and you can pay.
& # 39; The semi-final will be tough, whether it's Porto or Liverpool. The victory of Ajax (at Juventus) says everything about how tough this competition is. & # 39;