Manchester United were sent out of the Champions League after suffering a 3-0 defeat away at Nou Camp, as the Spanish side won the game 4-0 on aggregate.
United showed character to beat Paris Saint-Germain in the second round and qualify for the quarterfinal stage, but the quality of the Barcelona side was just too much to handle for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad as a Lionel Messi brace and Philippe Coutinho stunning strike sealed the win for Barca.
Jesse Lingard who featured in that game has now urged his teammates to forget about that defeat and lay their focus on the massive games ahead as United fight for a place in the top four.
“The Champions League is a big competition and we’ll be fighting to get back in,” Lingard told BT Sport after the game.
“We’ve got a big week ahead.
United had a bright start to the game and Marcus Rashford hit the bar as United threatened in the opening stages of the game.
Lingard believes the game will have taken a different outcome had United taken their chances early on.
“I thought we dominated in the first 15 minutes,” said Jesse.
“We had a couple of chances and the game could have gone differently if we’d put them away.
“That’s football. Chances in these big games are massive and if we take them it’s a different game.
“We were always going to be underdogs coming into the game, but we had to back ourselves and believe and, like I said, for the first 15 minutes if it had gone our way it would have been a different game.”
Lingard hailed the performance of Lionel Messi who was the best player on the pitch and then urged his teammates to move on.
“He’s one of the best players in the world and he’s brought his A-game tonight,”said Lingard.
“All we can do now is move on.”