Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has slammed the club’s perfomance against FC Barcelona.
The Red Devils were eliminated from the Champions League with Barca cruising into semi-finals.
The Portuguese manager has explained why United’s handling of Lionel Messi cost them the tie.
Mourinho slams United’s “awful defending” vs Barcelona
Mourinho believes that “awful defending” and “mistakes” were the cause of United’s downfall at the Nou Camp.
Twice Messi netted past David de Gea as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side failed to contain the Argentine.
The Portuguese manager believes that United failed to set-up properly to deal with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“Lots of mistakes, lots of goals with awful defending on the inside foot.
“You look to Coutinho’s goal, even to Messi’s goal.
“I think United’s approach was different.
“I think in the first game they tried to occupy that central zone because Messi’s position is easy to understand but is not easy to create a cage to control him.
“When Messi has the ball, one on one. You are dead.
“That’s why I never liked individual man-on-man against Messi. Messi’s a cage. You have to create a cage.
“Barcelona is Barcelona, they are a better team than Manchester United.
“They have better players than Manchester United. I think it’s normal they won.”
Champions League review: FC Barcelona (4) 3-0 (0) Manchester United
Lionel Messi made light work of Manchester United as Barcelona brushed aside the Red Devils to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
The Argentine netted twice whilst former Liverpool man Phillipe Coutinho also scored in a comfortable 3-0 win.
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