Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lauded the impact of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi following his performance against his team in their Champions League clash.
Solskjaer was full of praise for Messi after the Argentine international captain scored twice for Barcelona in their 3-0 trouncing of Manchester United in the second leg of their last eight tie.
In his post-match reaction to the game, the former Red Devils striker told reporters that Messi was the difference between the two teams.
Buoyed by the quality of Messi, Manchester United were outclassed by their hosts.
Barcelona had to overcome a nervy first five minutes before Messi scored the first goal in the 16th minute via a fantastic shot from the edge of the box.
Messi added a second goal for the Catalan giants in fortunate circumstances after his right-footed shot squirmed under the body of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and into the net.
The second goal was a killer for Manchester United who needed three goals to qualify at that stage.
Former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho added a third goal for the home side just after the hour mark to secure the 3-0 victory as well as a 4-0 aggregate win for Barcelona after the two legs between both teams.