Photos that will remain painful memories to Man United fans after Barcelona thrashing

By Waweru Titus: Wednesday, April 17th 2019 at 10:44 GMT +3 | Football
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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi capitalised on two Manchester United defensive mistakes to score twice and end their hopes of another comeback at Camp Nou as the Catalans cruised into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night.

Social media was sent into a frenzy as anti-United fans stormed to make fun of the team by creating funny images that will forever remain painful memories.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side need a huge overhaul in order to return to Europe's elite.

"We were fighting against a great team and we know there's work to be done but I've said all along this isn't going to change overnight. The next few years are going to be massive to get to the level that Barcelona and other teams are at,” Solskjaer said.

Solskjaer said that United need to attack more and ensure chances are not wasted in big competitions.

United's attack only troubled Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen once, when Alexis Sanchez was thwarted in the closing stages.

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"You know that at this level you cannot slip up and make mistakes and you have to take your chances when you get them.

"We didn’t capitalise on our great start, then they have their first two shots on target, they get two goals then it's game over. We did well to get here but we could see the difference between the two teams.

"We've got good players to work with and at the moment we've done really well to get to the quarters and challenge for top four, but we've got a rebuilding job. It starts with the coaches and players, and with one or two additions," added the Norwegian.

"We're on with the job and have spoken to the players we need to get the best out of each other, create an environment of top-class attitude, world-class attitude every single day,” Solskjaer concluded.

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Key Opta Facts

- Barcelona have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign under Luis Enrique.

- United have now been eliminated at the quarter-final stage on seven occasions – more than any other side.

- Messi scored his first Champions League quarter-final goals since April 2013, ending a run of 12 matches and 50 shots without a goal in last-eight matches.

- This was United's heaviest aggregate defeat (0-4) in a two-legged European tie; their previous heaviest was 2-5 vs Milan in the 1957-58 European Cup semi-final and 1-4 vs Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the 1991-92 Cup Winners' Cup.

- United have lost four consecutive away matches in all competitions for the first time since October 1999 – current manager Solskjær featured in all four of those 1999 defeats.

- Messi has scored 45 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season – 10 more than any other player in the top five European leagues.

- Spanish teams have lost just one of their last 24 Champions League knockout matches against English sides (W16 D7 L1), with Leicester City's 2-0 win over Sevilla in March 2017 the only victory for an English team in that time.

 

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