United must do ‘clever business’ to compete with European elite - Solskjaer

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They have a battle on their hands to finish in the Premier League's top four but Solskjaer is already envisioning a scenario in the future where United are on an equal footing with their conquerors on Tuesday night.

Messi's magical run came after Red Devils right back Ashley Young failed to clear the ball. "Committed about four errors in as many seconds to set [Lionel] Messi on his way".

LIONEL MESSI pounced twice in four devastating first-half minutes as an outclassed Manchester United were sent tumbling out of the Champions League 4-0 on aggregate.

He was slammed by United fans and the local press, with Manchester Evening News giving him a 1/10 rating - the lowest of any player on the pitch. We want to get back toUnited's true traditions and challenge the likes of Barcelona'.

Following last week's 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, United knew they needed to score against a side who had not lost in their last 30 matches at home in the Champions League.

His first goal, Barcelona's opener, was such a blow for United as they struggled to mentally recover, as shown by De Gea's mistake for Messi's second minutes later. "Whenever he gets the ball around the box he will be decisive and unfortunately for us he was the victor for them".

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We'll have more from the Camp Nou later but, as things stand, let's just say it's not looking good for United...

"We dominated for the first 15 minutes, we had chances and the game could have been different".

"Messi is an exceptional talent, him and Cristiano (Ronaldo) have been the best players in the world in the last decade".

"We have to aspire to get to that level of Barcelona, we can get there but we have loads of work to do", he told BT Sport after the match.

"You have to lift them (the players)". They've also not conceded a few times in any of those 30 games (15 goals in total) since a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich in the 2012-13 semi-finals.

Barca will enter the semi-finals as one of the favourites to win the Champions League for what would be their sixth title.

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