Barcelona Thrash Manchester United, Reach Champions League Semis

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Solskjaer's United were bundled out by Barca in the quarter-finals after Lionel Messi's brace secured a 3-0 second-leg victory on Tuesday.

The Spanish side ended up being the comfortable winners of the Champions League quarter-final clash, breezing through on a 4-0 aggregate lead.

"Alexis has been injured now since March 1", Solskjaer said.

After not managing a single shot on target at Old Trafford in the first leg, United looked a lot more unsafe going forward at the start.

Luis Suarez nearly got hisgot first Champions League goal of the season on the stroke of half-time, but somehow smashed his shot into the face of De Gea from close range after Rakitic had picked the striker out with a ball across the six-yard box.

Whatever his future holds, Sanchez remains a United player for now, and in his brief cameo against Barcelona he looked bright.

Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League and two points behind Chelsea FC, having played a game less.

"We have to aspire to get to that level of Barcelona, we can get there but we have loads of work to do".

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"Chances in these games are massive and if we take them it's a different game".

It was the first time Solskjaer had played or managed at the Camp Nou since scoring the treble-clinching victor for United in the final seconds of the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

"Of course it's a fantastic memory for me", said Solskjaer.

"I have to say he is top quality and he was the difference", said Solskjaer. United were brilliant for eight minutes and could have been ahead within 30 seconds as Rashford raced onto a curving Paul Pogba pass and toed away a shot, which Marc-Andre ter Stegen bravely left to graze his own crossbar.

The second was largely thanks to a blunder by David de Gea.

30 - Barcelona are unbeaten in 30 Champions League home games, the longest such run in the competition (W27 D3).

Twenty years ago at Barcelona's stadium, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed one of the most memorable comebacks in soccer history when he scored the English team's second injury-time goal to stun Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final.

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