Fans go mad for Lionel Messi after he takes Manchester United apart

Phil Jones

Barcelona star Lionel Messi admited that he needed a slice of luck to find the back of the net against Manchester United on Tuesday, but insisted the club deserved to progress from their quarter-final match.

"We had to be courageous, we created two or three chances but unfortunately we just didn't have that quality to finish them off".

"I think it's important when you make a mistake of that nature, in your home country, he's now an experienced player".

Solskjaer has highlighted Messi as the main difference between the two sides and has admitted that his team have some way to go before reaching Barcelona's level.

As for De Gea, Neville was a bit more sympathetic but also believes the Spaniard should come out and explain his costly mistake at the Camp Nou which gifted Messi his second. "Whenever he gets the ball around the box he will be decisive and unfortunately for us he was the victor for them". "I dont mind if we score the victor in the 93rd minute".

"Lionel Messi brought his A-game tonight, he's one of the best in the world". All we can do is move on, ' he said.

"Messi always gets us out of trouble and we're not going to apologise for having him", Valverde told a news conference.

"Chances in these big games are massive".

One player who did impress once again was Scott McTominay in midfield.

He outshone Paul Pogba who struggled to have an impact on proceedings and former United ace Darren Fletcher even compared the youngster to Roy Keane and Paul Scholes. Barcelona has qualified for the Champions League semi-final for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign under Luis Enrique.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, shook his head as he walked off the field, while the Ajax players and staff celebrated with their fans long after the final whistle following a 2-1 win in Turin that sealed the Dutch side's first semi-final appearance since 1997.

United have experienced some memorable moments in the Champions League this season but our journey came to an end on a disappointing night for the Reds, whose sole focus is now on securing a place in next season's competition with a top-four finish in the Premier League, with the battle continuing on Sunday against Everton at Goodison Park (kick-off 13:30 BST).

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