Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted his side are still in with a chance of progressing to the Champions League semi-finals, despite seeing his team lose 1-0 to Barcelona tonight at Old Trafford.
An unfortunate own goal from United defender Luke Shaw in the 12th minute was enough to hand Barca victory and now means that the La Liga leaders will be massive favourites to go through to the last four when the two teams meet again at the Nou Camp next week.
Although Solskjaer’s side worked tirelessly and made life difficult for Barca at times, United lacked quality and composure in the final third, failing to register a single shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
Speaking after the game United’s Norweigan coach admitted his side had started the game in a sloppy fashion, but he also felt there were positives to take from the performance.
“Plusses and negatives,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
”We started sloppy and a bit nervous. After their goal we settled and played well.
“We had very good individual performances in midfield. At times it felt like a proper Man Utd team, the crowd were behind us, we got out wide and got crosses in.
“We didn’t start great, but great goal and movement from Messi and Suarez but they’re fortunate it comes off Luke Shaw. It’s a blow but we settled well. We’re still in this tie.”