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. …

Liverpool cruise to victory over Porto after Naby Ketas flying start

Ketas early goal and Roberto Firminos second gave Liverpool a 2-0 home victory against Porto in their Champions League quarter-final first leg Jrgen Klopp gave a passable impression of a Uefa PR executive in billing the reunion with Porto as tough for Liverpool. True, there was no slaying of the Dragons by his team this year. No real danger for them either. The Premier League leaders are on course for the Champions League semi-finals after controlling this first-leg tie with the experience and guile of seasoned campaigners. It was not always serene for Klopps team at Anfield. Had visiting forward Moussa Marega converted one of several presentable chances for an away goal or Mohamed Salah been punished for a bad …

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 City enjoy seven-goal stroll into last eight against limp Schalke

Sergio Ageros double showed Manchester City the path to seven-goal heaven and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals For Manchester City it was an evening of spectacular superiority. They have had a lot of those occasions at the Etihad and perhaps the scariest part, for all the other sides in Fridays quarter-final draw, is that there were long spells when it did not even feel like Pep Guardiolas team were playing at their maximum point of expression. They did not have to reach their highest peaks when the imbalance of talent was so lopsided, when Leroy San can play this beautifully and there were players on the bench, namely Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus, who could enter the play …

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 …

Ronaldos defining display shows fino alla fine spirit is alive at Juventus | Eni Aluko

Cristiano Ronaldos best performance for Juventus in the Champions League embodied the clubs until the end motto and they can now go on to win the tournament The Juventus motto is fino alla fine in other words, until the end. On Tuesday evening the mens team proved these words are not empty but alive. Juve aspire to be a team who never give up, a team who burn with an indefatigable spirit, and this week it was there for all to see. They showed it against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season, when they came back from a 3-0 first-leg deficit to level the tie at the Bernabu, an incredible comeback that ended in disappointment …

Real Madrid face Ajax in last chance to save season amid Gareth Bale unrest

The game at the Bernabu comes after two straight defeats to Barcelona and Bales agent calling the clubs fans a disgrace Three games in seven days at the Santiago Bernabu were set to define Real Madrids season. Two down with one left, it risks becoming a disaster. Knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, last Wednesday, Madrid were to all intents knocked out of the league title race, too, by the same opponents, they resulting in an extra games ban. He will miss the quarter-final first leg, if Madrid get there. That if is growing. Since Amsterdam Madrid have won one of four games a deeply unimpressive 2-1 victory at Levante clinched with a penalty that should not …