Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised at least three new Man Utd signings

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Lionel Messi scored a sublime brace and was at the center of most things good for Barcelona as the home side dismantled Manchester United 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

MANCHESTER United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the club must take their lead from Lionel Messi's Barcelona after a humbling defeat last night.

Messi, 31, capitalised on an error by Ashley Young to put Barcelona ahead, and the goalkeeper David De Gea handed the Argentina star his second by allowing the forward's weak shot to...

"We want to get there and we have to get there by hard work and attitude every single day, and of course some clever business we have to do and just keep on going".

United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile backed Barca to conquer the continent again.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was tested in the 90th minute by substitute Alexis Sanchez but Barca's number 1 eliminated the threat to deny United a consolation.

Solskjaer felt United needed to display a fearless attacking mindset in the intimidating atmosphere, similar to the one that saw them overturn a two-goal deficit at Paris St Germain in the last 16 last month.

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The Red Devils are seeking Champions League qualification for next season via a top-four finish this term.

Barca were flustered, so much so the crowd even cheered with relief when Arthur Melo played his team's first convincing pass.

It seemed it may not be the Catalans' night when referee Felix Brych consulted VAR and changed his mind after initially awarding a penalty when Ivan Rakitic went sprawling under Fred's challenge.

Messi then breezed about the pitch - nutmegging players in pink nearly at will and then spraying a brilliant ball to the onrushing Jordi Alba whose cut-back teed up Coutinho who delivered an emphatic finish. At 2-0 it was game over.

Sergi Roberto at the far post only for De Gea to redeem himself with a fantastic save.

In a previous era United were able to attract the world's best talents but, despite their track record of spending big in recent years, that may no longer be the case.

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