The Argentinian, who was relatively quite in last Wednesday's 1-0 first-leg victory at Old Trafford, swiftly doubled the lead to effectively put Barcelona into the last four for the first time since 2015. Leo is Leo, we all know what we can do.
United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile backed Barca to conquer the continent again. If we want to get back to Man Utd's true level, true traditions, we have to challenge Barcelona. Because we've got good players and I've got good players to work with. It will require perhaps even more magic than their second leg against PSG, considering the sheer dominance Barcelona have shown at home this season.
After an excellent start, United were undone twice in four minutes by Messi, who first nicked the ball off the careless Ashley Young and then watched as a weak shot from distance squirmed underneath David de Gea.
United need to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the quarterfinal and Messi, who has scored 44 goals in all competitions this season, was one of 10 players rested for Barca's 0-0 draw at Huesca in preparation for the Champions League tie.More news: Sudan protestors demand for immediate civilian gov't
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The entertaining factor was replaced by plenty of tension and poor play, and apart from a magical first 15 minutes from Barcelona which earned them the only goal of the game, it was not a night to remember in England. "I can't think of any like that for Manchester United", he added. I wouldn't lie if I said we do a super special preparation.
Messi could have had his hat-trick too after Luis Suarez found him with a superb cutback and there was an nearly comical sequence in the second half when the Argentinian played with his United chasers before finally being bundled over by McTominay.
"You can prepare as much as you like, if you give him space and time around the goal he'll create and score goals, he's a fantastic player".