They didn’t half try, yet no amount of huffing and puffing can help Ashley Young cross a ball.
An early sucker punch from Barcelona looked like it could trigger a bit of a hammering, yet guts and grit kept Manchester United in the game, and some. However, a lack of cutting edge and killer quality in the final third cost the Red Devils in the end.
But given the manner of the defeat, another PSG could be on the cards, couldn’t it?
?Just 12 minutes into the match, the much maligned VAR had a huge say in proceedings after correctly awarding ?Barcelona the opening goal after Luis Suarez was incorrectly flagged offside.
Such a clear goal would’ve been disallowed. #VAR is the best thing to happen to football ever #MUNBAR
— Chisolm (@Nosike_C) April 10, 2019
They’ve injured my baby #MESSI ??????
— ?SC : kiekiie (@AISHA__LAGOS) April 10, 2019
That secret Smalling knew about Messi is that if you cut him, he bleeds.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) April 10, 2019
I’m neither a doctor nor a nose expert, but that looks painful on Messi
— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) April 10, 2019
Oh, and don’t forget about Diogo Dalot’s rather impressive miss from Ashley Young’s header.
That Dalot miss is gonna hurt for some time
— Nids ? (@nidaliaa) April 10, 2019
Dalot’s header was harder to miss ffs
— Claudio (@C_Salvaggio) April 10, 2019
One particular mention even referenced the recently departed Belgian great, Marouane of Fellaini-shire.
Imagine Fellaini was in there instead of Dalot
I miss you Lord Fellaini
— A Nigerian?? (@Justifiedd19) April 10, 2019
??In the end, though, it all kind of fizzled out for Manchester United, though many praised their Solskjaer’s boys for their efforts – feeling another Champions League second leg turnaround could be on the cards.
Praise in particular seemed to be steered towards the performance of Scott McTominay in central midfield..
Half time in the tie, this means we got to get the job done at Camp Nou. #MUFC #MUNBAR
— ?? ???? ????? (@King_David_Ja) April 10, 2019
That’s a good leg, we’ll take 1-0. Bring on the Nou Camp #mufc
— Ben L (@purplebenny) April 10, 2019
??Re-creating the magic of their miraculous win in Paris will take some doing, but nothing is out of the realms of possibility.
After all, Ole won the treble with United in ’99. Under Sir Alex Ferguson of all people. As if you hadn’t heard eh..