Manchester United face daunting Barcelona and Messi records

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United were comprehensively outclassed at the Nou Camp as they crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage, with Barcelona's 3-0 win on the night sealing a 4-0 aggregate triumph.

Liverpool, who take a 2-0 lead to Porto on Wednesday, are now the most likely obstacle between them and their first Champions League final since they last won this tournament in 2015. 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.

Dear oh dear. Young's night would only get worse as Messi constantly exposed his lack of pace and defensive nous down the right-hand side.

Pogba was again well below par on Tuesday evening as United slumped to a 4-0 aggregate defeat to Lionel Messi's Barca.

Selling and replacing the Englishman must be a priority this summer for United manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer, who outlined his transfer plans in his post-match press conference.

Solskjaer felt United needed to display a fearless attacking mindset in the intimidating atmosphere, similar to the one that saw them overturn a two-goal deficit at Paris St Germain in the last 16 last month.

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Messi now has his 109th and 110th Champions League goals and, potentially, three extra matches to reduce the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo's 126, after Juventus were dumped out by Ajax.

Despite having the bonus of an away goal, Barca goalkeeper, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, said he and his teammates have to maintain their focus.

Barca were flustered, so much so the crowd even cheered with relief when Arthur Melo played his team's first convincing pass. Instead, De Gea let it squirm under his body for 2-0.

Young was undoubtedly to blame for Lionel Messi's 16th-minute opener as he carelessly gave the ball away and then missed his tackle.

In a previous era United were able to attract the world's best talents but, despite their track record of spending big in recent years, that may no longer be the case. They believe this is their year.

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