Barcelona hammer Manchester United to reach Champions League semis

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"We're getting on with the job and have spoken to the players and told them we need to get the best out of each other".

Barcelona have not been beaten in 30 Champions League games at Camp Nou and will be confident of maintaining that streak against United, particularly given Lionel Messi's history against English clubs in the competition.

Lionel Messi pounced on two Manchester United mistakes to score twice and end their hopes of another comeback at Camp Nou as Barcelona breezed into the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday.

After not managing a single shot on target at Old Trafford in the first leg, United looked a lot more risky going forward at the start.

It was a sweet moment of revenge for Messi, who suffered a facial injury in the first leg after a clash with Smalling.

Those statistics make for even more unpleasant reading when compared with some of their domestic rivals, with only four teams keeping fewer clean sheets in the Premier League this season and two of those teams being the already relegated duo of Huddersfield and Fulham. "And he showed why we think that and why he has won so many titles".

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Before United could recompose themselves, things went from bad to worse as a weakly-hit Messi effort squirmed under the dive of David De Gea to put Barca 2-0 up on the night and 3-0 ahead on aggregate.

That, however, was before Messi's quickfire double.

United began positively with Rashford prodding a shot against the bar inside one minute, but they cultivated their own downfall within the space of four minutes.

United were threatening at times over the two legs but it was clear to see there was a big difference in quality between the two teams. He then turned Phil Jones inside out on the stroke of half-time to release Jordi Alba.

"We know there's work to be done", Solskjaer said following their exit from the Champions League, quoted by The Mirror.

Philippe Coutinho added a third goal with a superb curling strike from long range in the 61st to cap arguably the best performance by the former Liverpool player since joining Barcelona just over a year ago. In the 2018-19 season, he has 45 goals in all competitions.