Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United: Lionel Messi dazzles as hapless Red Devils crash out of Champions League


Barcelona 3-0 Manchester United: Lionel Messi dazzles as hapless Red Devils crash out of Champions League

Lionel Messi dazzled as Barcelona breezed past Manchester United 3-0 to progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

The Red Devils had overcome a two-goal deficit at Paris Saint-Germain last month but Messi’s first-half brace and a wonder strike from Philippe Coutinho ushered Barcelona towards a 3-0 victory at the ground of one of the Premier League side’s greatest triumphs.

Messi dazzled against Man United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was insistent that the 1999 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich would have no bearing on this quarter-final second leg and his remarks proved accurate.

While his side made an energetic start, with Marcus Rashford denied by the goal frame within seconds of kick-off, Barcelona became more proactive and Messi, as he so often has done in the past, took top billing.

The 31-year-old five-time Ballon d’Or winner was largely subdued in Barcelona’s 1-0 victory at Old Trafford last Wednesday and had his nose bloodied after being caught unintentionally by Chris Smalling’s flailing arm.