Barcelona 3-0 Man United: Champions League defeat could be blessing in disguise for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claims Darren Fletcher


Barcelona 3-0 Man United: Champions League defeat could be blessing in disguise for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claims Darren Fletcher

Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League against Barcelona could be a blessing in disguise for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, former Old Trafford midfielder Steven Fletcher believes.

There was no repeat of Solskjaer’s European heroics at the Camp Nou – where the former striker famously scored an injury-time winner in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich – as United were thumped 3-0 by a Lionel Messi-inspired Barca on Tuesday night.

Barcelona stars celebrate as they down Manchester United in the Champions League

There is no time for a hangover at Old Trafford, though – a place in the Premier League’s top four is still up for grabs and, with only five games of the season remaining, a return to form is crucial.

Solskjaer’s reaction his side’s latest defeat – their fifth in seven games – was almost one of inevitability. After all, there’s only so much you can do when magician Messi is at the top of his game.

There was a huge gulf between the two sides, which was noted by the manager, who vowed to bring new players to United this summer as he looks to rebuild his squad.

And, result aside, Fletcher believes Tuesday’s game would have done Solskjaer as huge favour.