Manchester United suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona on Tuesday evening, seeing our Champions League campaign come to an end.
We had two early chances to score but failed to take them, then two individual errors cost us two goals, and the tie was essentially over.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed his players had the right attitude but is as aware as ever that there is plenty of work to do to get United back to where we need to be.
We did well to get here and we could see the difference between the two teams. The quality of finishing was outstanding. We started well for the first 15 minutes and we thought we’ve got something here, and then in four minutes they scored two goals which made it so hard. The attitude was right. We knew we were fighting against a good team with good players. We know there’s work to do. We’ve said all along that this won’t change overnight and the next few years will be massive to get to the level teams like Barcelona are at.
When you get to this level, you can’t slip up and make mistakes. You’ve got to take your chances. We didn’t capitalise on our great start. The first two shots on target for them were two goals and it’s game over then.
We need to get the best out of each other, create an environment of a top, top, top class attitude every single day. At the moment, we’ve really, really done well to get to the quarter-finals and challenge for the top four. It’s a rebuilding job but it starts with the coaches, and then the players. One or two additions to the squad will happen in the summer.
We want to play these games again next year, so we have a massive week coming up with Everton, City and Chelsea. They’re disappointed but there’s no point dwelling on what could have been. It could have been different if we had started better and we got the first goal, but now we have to concentrate on next week.