Solskjr must chuck out Manchester United chintz or Ole years are doomed | Barney Ronay

Four members of the Manchester United back five run ragged in the Champions League defeat at Barcelona were brought to the club by Sir Alex Ferguson On the stroke of half-time Lionel Messi did something awful, but also quite funny, to Phil Jones. Messi had spent the previous 45 minutes picking up the ball in half-spaces and running in a series of vengeful repetitions at Jones and Chris Smalling. This time Messi took the ball just past the centre circle. He saw the space ahead of him. He also saw Jones ahead of him. As the United man veered back into his path there was a nutmeg so gentle it was almost loving. The Camp Nou let out a roar. …

Manchester United must be streetwise against Barcelona, says Solskjr

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjr said his players must learn from their defeat to PSG while Chris Smalling added he is looking forward to facing Lionel Messi Ole Gunnar Solskjr has warned Manchester United they will need to be streetwise to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League, with the manager hoping lessons will be learned from their to progress on away goals but Solskjr wants his side to be cuter against Bara. Reflecting on a time when his side had 10 victories from his opening 11 games in charge, Solskjr said: Some of these players will have some tricks up their sleeves, streetwise players. Weve learned from that PSG game the mood was a little bit different because …

Manchester United have no fear of Barcelona, says Ole Gunnar Solskjr

Ole Gunnar Solskjr said Manchester United hold no fear of Barcelona but would need luck on their side in the Champions League quarter-final Ole Gunnar Solskjr has said Manchester United have no fear of facing Barcelona after drawing them in the Champions League quarter-finals. United host the five-times European champions on 10 April before the return the following week, with the winners facing a semi-final against Liverpool or Porto. The draw also threw up an all-Premier League tie involving Manchester City and Tottenham, whose next opponents will be Ajax or Juventus. Solskjr said United were not scared to face anyone, having The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Liverpool against Porto is a rerun of last seasons …

Ivan Rakitic goal earns victory for dominant Barcelona over Real Madrid

Ivan Rakitics first-half goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory in a one-sided clsico against Real Madrid at the Bernabu Barcelona returned to the Santiago Bernabu three days after knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey and in effect knocked them out of the league title race too. A single goal from Ivan Rakitic did for their biggest rivals and left Real 12 points behind with 12 games remaining. It also put Barcelona ahead 96-95 in clsicos across the history of this fixture the first time the Catalans have led in 87 years and testament to their dominance in the last decade. This was their 11th win in the last 18 meetings in this stadium and their fourth consecutive …