Manchester United 0-1 Barcelona: FIVE THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his three assistants from Manchester United fail to find the magic formula in losing the Champions League to Barcelona in Old Trafford … FIVE THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED

Manchester United failed to register a single shot on target on Wednesday evening when they fell to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Barcelona.

An own goal from the first half of Luke Shaw ensured that Barca took advantage of the half-leg in this two-legged Champions League quarter-final.

Sportsmail & # 39; s CHRIS WHEELER was at Old Trafford and below are five things he learned on Wednesday …

Lionel Messi discovered at his expense that Chris Smalling was not joking when he promised to take on the Barcelona & # 39; head on & # 39; challenge. before the last meeting last night.

Smalling left a dazed Messi with a bloody nose and needed a long-term treatment after flattening the Argentinian superstar halfway through the first half when he clattered him from behind.

& # 39; Come on & # 39 ;, said a challenging Smalling on the eve of this competition. We didn't know he was talking about the stretcher.

Lionel Messi had blood on his nose and left for Old Trafford on Wednesday

Lionel Messi had blood on his nose and left for Old Trafford on Wednesday

Chris Smalling (right) flew through the air to catch the ball and he caught Messi with his arm

Chris Smalling (right) flew through the air to catch the ball and he caught Messi with his arm

Chris Smalling (right) flew through the air to catch the ball and he caught Messi with his arm

2. Ander Herrera has had bad luck with injuries – first a hamstring strain, now a thigh problem that ruled him out on Wednesday evening – but it coincided with the news that he is unlikely to stay in Manchester United after this season.

The Spaniard is said to be deeply unhappy that the Old Trafford hierarchy has not tried harder to renegotiate a contract that ends in June.

An unknown Italian club has joined Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal in expressing interest in the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder.

3. Although Juan Mata is linked to a move to Barcelona this summer, it is not surprising that he is already destined for an ambassador role at United in the future.

In addition to his Common Goal charity, Mata has demonstrated impressive diplomacy in his downtown restaurant, Tapeo and Wine, according to his father Juan Manuel.

& # 39; Pep Guardiola comes here often and Jose Mourinho would come at least once every two weeks & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; We would ensure that they would not meet, so I would place them in different private rooms. & # 39;

4. United & # 39; s brain confidence was seen during a break in the game during the first half when three coaches – Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna – joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the technical field.

Everyone knows that Solskjaer liked to draw on the input from his back room team, but that brought it a bit far.

Michael Carrick (right) sat next to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout

Michael Carrick (right) sat next to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout

Michael Carrick (right) sat next to Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the dugout

Mike Phelan (right) is another member of the United Nations trust in United Trafford

Mike Phelan (right) is another member of the United Nations trust in United Trafford

Mike Phelan (right) is another member of the United Nations trust in United Trafford

5. The collision of two European heavyweights brought another one to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening when Tyson Fury took a seat in the director's box.

The self-proclaimed gypsy king would undoubtedly like to perform here one day, judging by his expression when the two teams walked outside before the kick-off and the national anthem from the Champions League struck.

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