Solskjaer compares Manchester United’s level to Barcelona’s one

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Manchester United’s level to the one Barcelona are at the moment as the Premier League giants failed to replicate the Paris Saint-Germain miracle

    After suffering a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford in the first leg, some of the Red Devils fans have hoped their side can overturn a 1-goal deficit at Camp Nou and break into the Champions League semi-finals.

    However, the Catalans utterly outplayed United on home soil on Tuesday night, pulling off a comfortable 3-0 victory to book their tickets for the semis.

    Lionel Messi has once again demonstrated his class, scoring two first-half goals to put clear daylight between the teams before Philippe Coutinho’s missile sealed Manchester United’s destiny.

    During the post-match interview, the Red Devils boss has admitted his players still have a long way to go before reaching Barca’s level.

    “We have to aspire to get to that level of Barcelona, we can get there, but we have loads of work to do,” Solskjaer said.

    “If we want to get back to Man Utd’s true level, true traditions, we have to challenge Barcelona.

    “They were a couple of levels above over the two games. We want to play these games again next year, so we have a massive week coming up. There is no point dwelling on what could have been; we have to focus on that week.”


    1. Forwards aren’t the real issue these days as the big clubs have an abundance of available attackers. Defence is what separates clubs; Liverpool leaked goals last year; Real Madrid and Bayern have lost games this year for the same reason, while Juventus, Athletico Madrid, Barcelona and PSG have cruised with stability at the back. Germany has won 3 of their past 8 games while having 11 goals scored against them in 6 games. Hummels and Boatang were dropped and results improved. Uniteds defence is ageing and needs replenishing. Its forward line and midfield isn’t really much better state. One year might not be enough to rebuild into what Solskjaer wants just yet. Maybe they can scavenge from Ajax before everyone else does.


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