Ex-Chelsea boss slams Man Utd coach for Barca UCL defeat

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/04/2019

Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has slams Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for causing  Manchester United 3-0 defeat to the hands of Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League encounter at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.

Red Devils were trailing 1-0 from the first leg and the visiting team had a promising start in Spain but Argentina international Lionel Messi took centre stage with a quickfire brace as La Liga holders took a giant step towards the Champions League semi-finals in the opening 45 minutes.

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Ex-Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho’s exquisite long-range strike just past the hour mark put Barcelona out of sight and Ernesto Valverde’s side joined Ajax in the final four after the Dutch outfit defeated Juventus in Tuesday night’s other match.

Former Netherland midfielder and Premier League coach criticised Manchester United for missing an opportunity in the first leg tie at Old Trafford and leaving it until the second leg to pose any attacking threat.

 Gullit told beIN SPORTS after United’s defeat: ''Manchester United made a mistake I think, tactically.

''I can understand when you play at home that you want to score goals and be more adventurous and they decided not to do it in the first leg.

''They succeeded half because of the own goal – Messi had no shots on target but then you go to the Nou Camp and all of a sudden you want to attack.

''I don’t understand it because you’re not going to win in it then. Eventually, on a pitch like that, it’s difficult to play like that.

''You can ask Liverpool or Chelsea who have done it… you can ask Atletico Madrid who have done it.

''You’re not going to attack there and they did… and I think it was a huge mistake.’

Manchester United will return back to Premier League this coming weekend with a trip to Goodison Park to battle Everton in the top four race.