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Solskjaer rues United mistakes

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Lionel Messi scores twice and Philippe Coutinho nets brilliant third as Barca set up semi-final against Liverpool or Porto

Last Updated: 16/04/19 11:33pm

1:20 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his players' attitudes but admitted there is still work to do. Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised his players' attitudes but admitted there is still work to do.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rued early mistakes and missed opportunities as Manchester United were beaten by Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Looking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, United started brightly at the Nou Camp and hit the bar inside the opening minute through Marcus Rashford.

However, they then made two mistakes that led to a quickfire double from Lionel Messi as Barca took control of the tie and went on to secure a 4-0 aggregate win.

"When you get to this level you cannot slip up and make mistakes and you have to take chances you get yourselves," said Solskjaer.

"We didn't capitalise on our great start and then they scored twice with their first two shots on target and that's game over then.

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"We did well to get here and we could see the difference between the two teams tonight. The quality of their finishing was absolutely outstanding.

"We started well, the first 15 minutes you thought we have got something here, then in four minutes they scored two goals which made it so hard, but the attitude was right."

Solskjaer also praised Messi as an "exceptional talent" after he inspired Barca to victory with an excellent individual display.

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring his first goal

"He's an exceptional talent. Him and Cristiano [Ronaldo] have been the best players in the world in the last decade and tonight he showed why we all think that and why he has won so many titles and why this team have also won so many Champions Leagues.

"You can prepare as much as you like but if you give him space and time in and around the goal he will create chances and score goals. He's a fantastic player."

Messi's second goal came from an error from United goalkeeper David de Gea, who let a routine shot slip under his body.

Asked about the mistake, Solskjaer said: "It's unfortunate with goalkeepers that when you make an error it will get highlighted and that will be remembered tonight, but he has made some fantastic saves as well and his contribution to the team has always been good. Sometimes it happens, that's football."

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