Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tipped Spanish champions Barcelona for the Champions League title this season following the Red Devils’ elimination at the hands of the five-time European champions.
Solskjaer was speaking after Barcelona thrashed his Manchester United team 3-0 in their second leg clash to seal a 4-0 aggregate win over their two-legged Champions League quarterfinal tie.
In his post-match press conference after the second leg at the Nou Camp, Solskjaer told reporters that he won’t bet against Barcelona lifting the Champions League trophy in June having seen them at close quarters.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to mastermind another great escape against Barcelona like he did with the Red Devils’ last 16 tie with French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
The Norwegian tactician and his players had suffered a 2-0 home defeat against PSG before they were able to turn it around via the away goals rule after a 3-1 victory over the French capital club away from home.
Manchester United were outclassed by Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League last eight tie after losing 1-0.
Lionel Messi (2) and former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho scored the goals for Barcelona in their 3-0 home win over the Red Devils.
Barcelona sealed a last four spot with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Manchester United.
Messi Makes Damning Verdict On Neymar Reunion At Barcelona
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has made a damning statement about the possibility of the club re-signing Brazilian international Neymar.
Messi talked about Neymar in a recent interview as monitored by the Daily Mail as he said that several members of the Barcelona team don’t want the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker at the club.
According to the Barcelona skipper, some people at the club don’t want Neymar back at the Nou Camp.
Neymar and his possible return to Barcelona was the biggest transfer story of the summer but nothing happened in the end as the former Santos forward continued his football career with French champions PSG.
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Barcelona wanted to re-sign Neymar in the summer and they were also willing to offer some of their players to make the deal happen but they were unable to reach an agreement with PSG for his transfer.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed a Barcelona offer for Neymar in one of his interviews just before the transfer window ended.
According to him, Barcelona made an offer for the Brazilian international star but the said offer didn’t meet the expectations of the French capital club.
Neymar tried to force a move away from PSG to Barcelona but he was not successful.
No Premier League Transfer For Chelsea, Man Utd Target
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has played down transfer rumors linking him with a move to the Premier League when the transfer market reopens next year.
This is according to the publication from popular British media outlet TalkSports which revealed that the Croatian international player is not keen to move his family away from his base in Spain.
Ivan Rakitic has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in recent days as the Red Devils try to bolster their squad for the second half of the season.
Manchester United are currently languishing in the bottom places on the Premier League table and they are looking to boost their playing squad.
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Rakitic was earlier linked with Chelsea and Manchester United during the summer but nothing happened as he stayed on to fight for his place at Barcelona.
He has moved from a first team player to a fringe player at Barcelona since the start of this season following the summer arrival of Frenkie De Hong from Ajax Amsterdam FC of the Netherlands.
Barcelona paid Ajax around 75 million euros for the transfer of Dutch international De Jong.
Ivan Rakitic has less than two years left on his Barcelona contract at the moment.
La Liga: Why El Clasico Match Was Postponed
The upcoming El Clasico meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed indefinitely upon the request of La Liga.
The two teams were expected to meet in a Spanish La Liga game at the Nou Camp on October 26 but it has now been postponed until further note.
The game was postponed until further note upon the request from La Liga due to the ongoing civil unrest in Catalonia.
Barcelona are two points off the Spanish La Liga summit currently held by arch rivals Real Madrid ahead of the El Clasico though the two teams still have one game each to play this weekend before they were scheduled to play each other.
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Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona have the opportunity to secure top spot on the league table ahead of their trip to Eibar this weekend.
Barcelona can usurp Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish La Liga table with a win over Eibar on Saturday afternoon.
The Catalans face the tricky trip to Eibar in what’s the first game of the Spanish La Liga on Saturday.
In the last game on Saturday, league leaders Real Madrid face a trip to Real Mallorca knowing that a win will maintain their place at the summit.
Why Man United Would Have Signed Griezmann Ahead Of Barcelona
Manchester United were without an experienced striker before the start of the campaign following Romelu Lukaku and Sanchez’s summer switch to Serie A side Inter Milan.
It was surprising that Solskjaer didn’t sign capable replacements for both players before the close of the transfer window but media outlet, The Athletic, has revealed the reason for his poor performance during the summer transaction period.
According to the media, United were targeting Antoine Griezmann as Lukaku’s replacement and they have met with the Frenchman’s representative for negotiations.
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Unfortunately, the Red Devils were stunned when it was revealed that the Camp Nou outfits had reached a huge £105m deal with Atletico Madrid for the player’s services.
The Red Devils made a last-minute move to block the World Cup winner from joining Barcelona but it appeared too late to cause any major upset.
Martial, Rashford and academy graduate Greenwood have all been given the nod by Solskjaer to lead the attack this season but none has lived up to to expectations.
Martial has been battling with injuries for six weeks, but he’s set to return to action against Liverpool on Sunday, while Rashford could likely remain in Solskjaer’s starting XI against the Reds.
Barcelona To Sell Man Utd Target In January
Spanish champions Barcelona have concluded plans to sell midfielder Ivan Rakitic according to the latest reports coming out of the Spanish media.
Ivan Rakitic is deemed to be surplus to requirements at Barcelona and they are ready to sell him when the transfer market reopens in the New Year.
This is according to the publication from Spanish news outlet Sport which claimed that the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan are interested in signing the Croatian international.
Ivan Rakitic was linked with a move away from Barcelona in the summer but nothing came out of it.
He has less than two years left on his contract with Barcelona.
Rakitic has not been a regular in the Barcelona team this season due to the good form of Brazilian international Arthur Melo and summer signing Frenkie De Jong.
He has played 247 times for Barcelona since joining the club from fellow Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.
Since his transfer to Barcelona five years ago, Ivan Rakitic has won four La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League.
Manchester United were one of the clubs linked with a move for Ivan Rakitic in the summer and they could make a move for him in the next transfer window.
Barcelona Prefer Man Utd Star To Firmino In Striker Quest
Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona prefer Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford over Liverpool star Roberto Firmino according to the latest reports emanating from the Spanish media.
Barcelona are on the lookout for a striker in their bid to sign a replacement for first choice hitman Luis Suarez.
At the age of 33, Uruguayan international Luis Suarez is entering the twilight of his career and Barcelona is on the search for a replacement.
According to the specific publication from the stables of Spanish media portal Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona prefer the signing of Marcus Rashford to Roberto Firmino despite the fact that the latter is in better form than the Manchester United attacker.
Barcelona have already drawn up a list of target strikers.
Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Kylian Mbappe lead the striker shortlist for Barcelona.
England international Marcus Rashford has scored just three goals in the Premier League this season.
He has scored just one goal in the last seven games on the Premier League scene and the Manchester United Academy graduate is a part of a blunt attack at Old Trafford.
Manchester United have managed just two goals in the last five games in the Premier League.
United Supporters Are Saying The Same Thing About Club’s Transfer Target
Manchester United are set to explore their chances of signing Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic next year after the player’s decision to leave Camp Nou in search of regular game time.
The Croatian midfielder has started just one La Liga match this season but he is surplus to requirements and the Catalans have placed just £35m price tag on his services.
Surprisingly, Manchester United fans are not excited about the latest developments as they claimed the Croatian isn’t the answer to the goalscoring problem facing the club.
They believed the 31-year-old’s experience and current form won’t help the Red Devils return to glory days. Here are some of their comments on social media:
One fan said: ““£40m for an aging midfielder. He can sit next to Matic,”
Another fans funnily wrote on his Reddit account: “How to replace Matic? Buy another Matic. Woodward masterclass”
One of the fans said the midfielder is too slow for United’s playing style. He wrote: “He is too slow for the Premier League. Croat speaking here,”
Another fan wants the player on a year deal as he won’t be actively involved in many matches played by the club. He wrote: “I mean he’s gonna be deadwood in a year or so… But we so desperately need someone I’m not sure…”
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Manchester United star Marcus Rashford still remains one of Barcelona’s prime targets despite his inconsistent form in front of goal.
The young England international striker hasn’t been in his great form so far this season but that isn’t stopping the Catalans from including him in their wish-list.
The centre-forward was once linked with a switch to Camp Nou in the summer but it turned out to be a mere speculation as nothing materialize between the two clubs.
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However, FourFourTwo are now reporting that the La Liga giants are still keen on his signature as they search for a young centre-forward who will replace aging Luis Suarez in the winter.
The same source also claimed that PSG star Kylian Mbappe and Tottenham striker Harry Kane are also in the list of players who could be heading to Camp Nou in January due to keen interest from Barcelona.
It should be recalled that Allnigeriasoccer reported that Nigeria youngster Victor Osimhen is also attracting interest from the Catalans following his bright start to life with French Ligue 1 side Lille.
The young centre-forward has scored eight goals in all competitions this season and he is expected to add more to it judging by his obvious goalscoring prowess.