SOLSKJAER HAILS ONE MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER AFTER DEFEAT TO BARCELONA

Manchester United vs Leicester CitySeptember 14, 2019
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Manchester United were unfortunate to have lost to Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal clash at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

United weren’t carried away by the form and star status of Barcelona as they were the better side in the second half.

Barcelona started the brighter of the two sides and went ahead inside the first 15 minutes when Luke Shaw deflected Luis Suarez’s header into his own net.

United grew into the game after conceding the goal, and further upped their tempo in the second-half but couldn’t find a way past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal, with Barca’s defence tightly protecting the keeper.

After the game, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for Scott McTominay who had a good game in midfield.

McTominay was probably United’s best player on the night and Solskjaer was full of praise for his impact, admitting that the 22-year-old helped the team play.

“Scott McTominay was fantastic,” he said. “Every time he plays for us he is improving.

“He’s a great athlete, wins his challenges and quick on his feet. He started settling us to be fair [after United went behind].

“We played a good team,” Solskjaer continued.

“We know you have to defend a lot without the ball and you might be tired when you get the chance yourself.

“We go there with one thing in my mind, we have to score.”

Solskjaer had to do without Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera who missed the game through injury as he opted to start a midfield three of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Fred.

United will return to the Camp Nou on April 16 and will need to score a goal if they must boost their chances of a semi-final finish.