Champions League quarterfinal first leg
Manchester United fail to score at Old Trafford for the second straight time in the Champions League knockout stage. Following their defeat 2-0 at home against PSG int he Round of 16, once again the Red Devils were quiet and gave Barcelona the win 1-0 with a goal from Suarez.
The result obligates Man Utd to play aggressively in Spain and score goals so like they did in Paris. The only and major difference is that FC Barcelona are a much better club than PSG, leaving Manchester United with just a slim chance to advance.
Coach Solskjaer comments on the loss:
“There are pluses and negatives. I thought we started sloppy and we were a bit nervous on the ball. We didn’t really get the pressure on them. After their goal, we settled a bit and we played well. We had some very good performances from some individuals as well, in midfield there – I thought they did really well.
At times it felt like a proper Man United team. The crowd was behind us, we got wide, we put in crosses. Sometimes those crosses end up with a header on goal and sometimes you miss them.
We didn’t start great, but it was a great goal with great movement by Messi and Suarez, I have to say. They’re a little bit fortunate that it comes off Luke and changes direction, so of course that’s a blow. But then we settled well. You could see straightaway when they scored, the team gathered together and said let’s stay in this game. Not like PSG and go another goal behind. We’re still in this tie.
[We lacked] that little quality towards the end, but then again we’re playing against a good team. We know when you play against Barcelona you have to defend a lot without the ball and you might be a little bit tired when you get the chances yourself. There’s positives to take, we can tighten up a few things and we’ll go there with one thing in mind: we have to score.”