Wednesday 22 May 2019

Solskjaer: We're still in this tie

 

Luis Suarez heads the ball back across goal before it deflected off Manchester United’s Luke Shaw for the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates
Luis Suarez heads the ball back across goal before it deflected off Manchester United’s Luke Shaw for the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Jamie Holland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United still have a chance to reach the Champions League semi-finals despite failing to register a shot on target in the defeat to Barcelona at Old Trafford last night.

The Norwegian saw his team fall behind to an early own goal from Luke Shaw and although they kept Lionel Messi relatively quiet, he still managed to create the moment which won the game for the visitors as Luis Suarez was left unmarked at the back post and, from Messi's cross, saw his header find the net via Shaw's deflection.

"There are pluses and negatives. I thought we started sloppily," said Solskjaer.

"After their goal, we settled, we played well, we had some very good performances from some individuals in midfield.

"At times it felt like a proper Manchester United team, the crowd was behind us.

"We're still in this tie. We go there (to Barcelona) with work to be done. We'll go there with the knowledge that we can score."

Scott McTominay was one of United's more impressive performers and, in a similar way to the bullishness of his manager, he insisted: "We're Manchester United, you can never write us off.

"I thought in the first 10-15 minutes we showed them far too much respect.

"After that we adapted really well and started to take control of the game and looked the better side.

"They've got some top-class players but so do we and we're going to showcase that in the second leg at the Nou Camp."

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