On Tuesday night, Manchester United crashed out of the UCL quarterfinals after a humiliating defeat at the hands of Barcelona. The Catalonians ran out 3-0 winners, with Lionel Messi scoring two. I know football is a game of surprises but is anyone really that surprised by the result?
Here’s why Manchester United never really stood a chance from the get-go.
3Two Words: Lionel Messi
There are few players in the history of football that can boast to be as good or influential as Lionel Messi. The Argentinean has dominated a generation of football, regularly being crowned as the best player in the world. This season, the 31-year-old has single-handedly carried his Barca teammates to the La Liga title.
In reality, this is one of the worst Barcelona teams we’ve seen in years, but Messi’s influence can be seen through their nine-point cushion at the top of La Liga. He truly is great and Manchester United never really stood a chance against such greatness. Especially with Victor Lindelöf and Ashley Young starting as full-backs.
At Old Trafford, Messi looked out of sorts, he wasn’t really in the game, add to that an elbow from Chris Smalling and it was pretty much a night to forget for the Argentinean. However, in perhaps his one meaningful contribution of the evening, he assisted Luis Suarez’s winning goal. That’s because even on his off days, he still affects the game. But back in Spanish fortress, we always knew it’d be a different story.