Manchester United told to think of PSG in Barcelona test

Florence Fletcher
April 17, 2019

That had bee the same in 1994 when United lost 4-0 having had to rest several of their best players because of a restrictive rule on who they could play. The entertaining factor was replaced by plenty of tension and poor play, and apart from a magical first 15 minutes from Barcelona which earned them the only goal of the game, it was not a night to remember in England.

Ajax stunned Ronaldo's Juventus 2-1 in Turin to progress to the semi-finals in the day's other match.

It was the first time Solskjaer had played or managed at the Camp Nou since scoring the treble-clinching victor for United in the final seconds of the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

It was set up for a great contest - European football giants Manchester United and Barcelona with only a goal between them going into the deciding leg of a Champions League quarter-final.

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Barca had suffered a humiliating quarter-final exit at AS Roma a year ago after conceding early goals and Messi urged his team mates to show more concentration in their next European outing, warning that other sides might not be so forgiving. "And he showed why we think that and why he has won so many titles". The 31-year-old Argentine was left with a swollen nose and cheek following a collision with Chris Smalling during the first leg at Old Trafford.

Messi's magical run came after Red Devils right back Ashley Young failed to clear the ball. "I dont mind if we score the victor in the 93rd minute".

He said: "The quality of their finishing was absolutely outstanding".

2 - Ajax have been eliminated on two of the three previous occasions they have drawn the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie at home, most recently in the 2005-06 last 16 against Inter Milan. He then turned Phil Jones inside out on the stroke of half-time to release Jordi Alba. The third goal of the host team was scored by Phillipe Coutinho in the 61st minute. The Portuguese forward has also scored 51 per cent of his total goals in the competition in the knockout stages (64/125).

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