Ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, got his game all wrong against Barcelona and paid the ultimate price of getting annihilated at Nou Camp.
The Red Devils were sent out of the 2018/19 Champions League by Barcelona who won the two quarterfinal games 4-0 on aggregate.
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And while reacting to Barcelona flawless victory on Russia Today, Mourinho said United made too many costly mistakes against the Catalans in the second leg.
"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," Mourinho opined.
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The ex-United boss also described United's defending as awful and pointed at their zonal marking on Lionel Messi as insufficient, compared to the first leg encounter at Old Trafford.
"Manchester United in the first match, zonally they occupied that area very well - but I think in this match that they started with a different perspective.
"In front of the defensive line was only Fred. That's the area that Messi comes to get the ball and when Messi has the ball... one, one, one…you are dead,"the Portuguese said.
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Despite Mourinho's firm conviction his former club lacked the right tactics, he did admit Barcelona was a better team with superior players and therefore the result was inevitable.
"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,'' said Mourinho.
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Source: Sports Brief News