Barcelona hammer Manchester United to reach Champions League semis

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to recall their last 16 exploits against Paris Saint-Germain for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona.

Asked about the challenge of taking on a player like Messi, Alvarez told Cadena Ser radio: "We do some things different".

Ronaldo, meanwhile, shook his head as he walked off the field, while the Ajax players and staff celebrated with their fans long after the final whistle following a 2-1 win in Turin that sealed the Dutch side's first semi-final appearance since 1997.

Dispossessing Ashley Young on the flank, Messi cut inside and curled beyond De Gea, who four minutes later allowed the Barcelona captain's tame right-foot effort to slide under him.

Barcelona have not been beaten in 30 Champions League games at Camp Nou and will be confident of maintaining that streak against United, particularly given Lionel Messi's history against English clubs in the competition.

"He is very motivated to play in Spain", he said.

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

Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar after 35 seconds, while Scott McTominay had an opportunity one minutes later, though the Catalans woke up after those scares.

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

They were in command after the mercurial Argentine master put them 2-0 up, although they had to ride their luck a bit in the opening exchanges as United threatened a stirring comeback. Young lunged in to atone for his mistake but Messi skipped away from him, poked it through Fred's legs and then whipped the ball into the corner.

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished.

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