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

Man Utd-Barcelona-Steve Nicol

Two goals from Lionel Messi and another one from Philippe Coutinho helped Barcelona advance into the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side.

Quite the star himself, Kylian Mbappe, was asked to choose between modern-day behemoths Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He added: "He was a very expensive signing".

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished. The Argentina forward only managed a tame shot on goal but the Spain goalkeeper let it slip underneath him and into the net.

"We put on a spectacle", said Messi.

United started the game in excellent fashion as Marcus Rashford clipped the top of the bar after little more than 30 seconds. "The good thing is we play differently to PSG". Brazil global Fred has struggled to make an impression in his first season in England after moving from Shakhtar Donetsk for about $70 million despite an improvement in recent weeks, and it may be asking too much for 22-year-old Scott McTominay to be a regular.

United now face a challenge just to make the Champions League next season.

In the same period, Real amassed nine European Cup and Champions League titles, before taking their tally to 13 crowns following their recent incredible run of four Champions League wins in five seasons - something that grates with those who hold Barca dearest.

"If you give him space and time around the goal he'll create and score goals".

The strike also ended Messi's 12-game quarter-final goal drought that stretched back to April 2013. Donny van de Beek cancelled out Ronaldo's opener before Matthijs de Ligt took the victor to let the Dutch visitors advance 3-2 overall. He wanted to sign for Real Madrid in the past, nearly did, and that will be enough.

Rio Ferdinand has had strong words to say about Chris Smalling.

The squad clearly needs a shake-up, especially in defense where the much-criticized Young continues to play as an out-of-position full back. Far from shying away from contact with rivals, he initiated it with his defense to set an example for his teammates when they were caught off-guard after kickoff.

Messi then saw a snap shot fly over the bar, before Rakitic was left unmarked on a free kick but this time De Gea held onto his header. The next few years are going to be massive for us to get to the level that Barcelona and other teams are at.

"The quality of their finishing was absolutely outstanding".

"No pressure on the players, just go out and play". He made Phil Jones dizzy by changing the direction of his dribble three times. It's a rebuilding job but it starts with the coaches, and then the players.

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