Lionel Messi made all the difference between Manchester United and Barcelona, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Old Trafford outfit’s boss watched his side get pulled apart by another stunning performance from the 31-year-old forward, who netted twice in quick succession to put the tie to rest early on in the second leg.
A third would follow for Barcelona through Phillipe Coutinho as they cruised to a 3-0 win on the night and a 4-0 aggregate trouncing that was the worst for Man Utd in a two-legged European tie in the club’s illustrious history .
And Solskjaer was under no illusions as to why the gap between the clubs was so large.
“I have to say Lionel Messi is top quality and he was the difference of course,” Solskjaer told BT Sport . “At 2-0 straight after it was game over.
“He’s different class, he and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best players of the last decade, everyone agrees on that one. Messi showed his quality.”