Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi following his performance for the Spanish champions in their Champions League win over his former club.
The Portuguese tactician paid tribute to Messi in an interview with Russia Today as he revealed that Manchester United needed a cage to stop Messi from wreaking havoc.
Lionel Messi was at his best against the Red Devils as he scored twice to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over the Red Devils in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg meeting to secure a 4-0 aggregate victory.
The little Argentine international scored the opening goal for the Red Devils in the 16th minute with a left-footed strike before he added a brace in fortuitous circumstances after his right-footed strike squirmed under the body of Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea.
Ex-Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho wrapped up the win for the Spanish champions in the second leg.
Barcelona had earlier won the first leg at Old Trafford with the help of an own goal from Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.
With the aggregate win over Manchester United in the last eight, Barcelona will now face Liverpool in the semifinals of the Champions League.
Barcelona host Liverpool in the first leg at the Nou Camp before the second leg in England.