'Overrated' - Barcelona newspaper slams two Manchester United players, agent hype blamed

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19 April, 2019

"Now that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has become the manager, I think a lot more players know where they stand with the club".

Messi remembered last season's disappointment when Barca crashed out of the quarterfinals with a 3-0 defeat to Roma after leading 4-1 after the first leg.

Twenty years after the goal he has seen a "million times" since, lightning didn't strike twice for the Norwegian.

"We have shown who we are", Messi added, and in some ways, they were a ideal picture of their season.

Manchester United goalkeeper coach Emilio Sanchez admits David de Gea underwent specialist 'Lionel Messi training' before their defeat at Barcelona. A five-star performance as he scored his 109th and 110th Champions League goals.

"Messi is an exceptional talent, him and Cristiano (Ronaldo) have been the best players in the world in the last decade".

Lionel Messi's first-half double - the first a trademark finish, the second courtesy of a blunder from David De Gea - plus Philippe Coutinho's 61st-minute wonder goal gave a stark reminder of the difference between the two sides.

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Rashford isn't some ageing back-up option who is asking for too much but rather one of the club's brightest prospects and already a first-team regular.

The kit has the dates of each of United's three 1999 trophy wins: "16.05.1999" for the Premier League, "22.05.1999" for the FA Cup, and "26.05.1999" for the Champions League.

Barca tweeted "Messi at the wheel" with a picture of the five-time Ballon d'Or victor on Twitter post-match.

Messi had failed to score in his last 12 quarter-final appearances, but he settled his side's nerves after a bright start from United, collecting a misplaced pass from Ashley Young and curling into the bottom corner in the 16th minute.

Barcelona midfielder Coutinho, was used to star in Liverpool's team, scored a goal that Reds fans saw so often.

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.

Once their rivals ran out of steam, Messi and Barca controlled the show and their rivals didn't have a scoring chance until injury time.


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