Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Lionel MESSI scores twice for FC Barcelona in win against Manchester United

Lionel MESSI scores twice for FC Barcelona in win against Manchester United

Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar after 35 seconds, while Scott McTominay had an opportunity one minutes later, though the Catalans woke up after those scares.

Lionel Messi scored twice and Philippe Coutinho added a spectacular third as Barcelona brushed Manchester United aside 3-0 at the Camp Nou to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Hopefully a pre-season under Ole will see the Manchester United squad improve but more important there's a need to invest smart and not just invest big. "In the next few years it is going to be a massive effort to get to the level of Barcelona and these sorts of teams".

Lionel Messi was in inspired form as he scored two goals on the night to send the Red Devils crashing out of Europe at the quarter-final stage.

PSG led United 2-0 from the first leg at Old Trafford but lost 1-3 at the Parc des Princes to exit the competition on the away goals rule.

Manchester United ended up losing 4-0 on aggregate over the two legs, their largest margin of defeat in their storied European history.

Dear oh dear. Young's night would only get worse as Messi constantly exposed his lack of pace and defensive nous down the right-hand side.


They were in command after the mercurial Argentine master put them 2-0 up, although they had to ride their luck a bit in the opening exchanges as United threatened a stirring comeback.

"You never know what can happen in football, they [United] have a very good team and they could have caused us problems, so we made sure we were focussed and played with intensity so we would make it through".

"You know the level, you can not slip up and make mistakes".

Asked about the challenge of taking on a player like Messi, Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio: "We do some things different".

"Roy Keane and Paul Scholes had it but they were world class players as well".

"We had a lot of hope for this tie, it was a long time since we have been in the semi-finals and we had a very painful defeat past year", he said.

Barca will enter the semi-finals as one of the favourites to win the Champions League for what would be their sixth title.

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