Barcelona thrash Manchester United, Juventus knocked out by Ajax

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi used a lightning-quick dribble move to get space and score against Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday in Barcelona. Then Messi stepped into the space, beat Young to the lose ball, nutmegged Fred, cut inside and powered home a flawless left-footed shot into the far bottom corner, where De Gea could only collect it from.

Messi's numbers are incredible. We've got a lot of good players to work with but as I have said, we have a rebuilding job.

"If we want to get back to United's true traditions and level, we know we have to challenge the Barcelona's".

He added Messi's majestic display underlined why is he regarded as the best player in the world alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.

Solskjaer had urged his strikers to be more lethal here but it felt ominous that even before kick-off, Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez had hit 42 goals this season, while Messi on his own had 43.

Leo Messi now has 10 goals in the 2018/19 Champions League, tops in the tournament.

But despite some late pressure from United, the La Liga giants comfortably negotiated the final few minutes without fuss as they closed out a 3-0 win on the night to progress to the semi-finals 4-0 on aggregate.

And PSG also outplayed United in the first leg of their last-16 clash - before being blown away in the return fixture at the Parc des Princes.

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Solskjaer deserved the job after 15 wins in his first 19 games after taking over in December, including an incredible victory over Paris Saint-Germain.

"Chances in these games are massive and if we take them it's a different game".

"We said all along this was not going to change overnight", United's coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

Solskjaer said: "That's unfortunate with goalkeepers".

The second was largely thanks to a blunder by David de Gea.

With Messi on their side, it's no wonder Barca are now unbeaten in 31 Champions League home games.

Twenty years ago at Barcelona's stadium, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed one of the most memorable comebacks in soccer history when he scored the English team's second injury-time goal to stun Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

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