Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Video compares David de Gea's errors against Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Video compares David de Gea's errors against Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Barcelona faced Manchester United at Camp Nou in Quarter-final leg 2 of 2 football match of UEFA Champions League 2018-19, where Barcelona defeated Man United 3-0.

He dispossessed Ashley Young out wide in the 16th minute, cut inside to nutmeg Fred and then curled a divine left-foot shot into the far corner from 20 yards.

One goal wasn't a disaster for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team, but a quick-fire brace for Messi left them needing to climb Everest to restore their European hopes. "We've said all along that this won't change overnight and the next few years will be massive to get to the level teams like Barcelona are at".

Barcelona have not been beaten in 30 Champions League games at Camp Nou and will be confident of maintaining that streak against United, particularly given Lionel Messi's history against English clubs in the competition.

But after Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar, Messi took over with his tournament-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor was kept quiet in Barca's 1-0 win in Manchester last week but he was lethal on Tuesday - a pair of goals in the space of three minutes extinguishing United's hopes. We've got good players to work with and done really well to get to the quarters and challenge for top four.

Solskjaer is seeking to finish the season with a flourish but added of the Barca setback: "We gambled and you can say that we gambled and lost but we had to go for the first goal".

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"We started well for the first 15 minutes and we thought we've got something here, and then in four minutes they scored two goals which made it so hard".

"Of course it's a fantastic memory for me", said Solskjaer.

Solskjaer said: "That's unfortunate with goalkeepers". Instead, De Gea let it squirm under his body for 2-0.

Messi could have had his hat-trick too after Luis Suarez found him with a superb cutback and there was an nearly comical sequence in the second half when the Argentinian played with his United chasers before finally being bundled over by McTominay.

Messi was even more fortuitous when it came to his second goal, profiting from a mistake by De Gea, who failed to hold a tame right-footed strike.

Solskajer and his men were well beaten and must now fight to turn around their recent run of bad form involving two wins in five games in all competitions.

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