Shaw’s 12th-minute personal purpose was all that separated the 2 sides within the quarter-final first leg at Previous Trafford that means United will want at the least two targets on the Nou Camp to undergo
Manchester United have all of it to do of their Champions League quarter-final after dropping the primary leg at residence to Barcelona 1-0.
Luke Shaw’s personal purpose on twelve minutes proved to be the decisive second in what was a scrappy affair at Previous Trafford.
Because the 20th anniversary of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s treble-sealing triumph in opposition to Bayern Munich approaches, the previous striker must upset the chances at Barca’s residence as soon as once more if his aspect are to progress subsequent Tuesday.
Luis Suarez’s header off the again of Shaw was all that separated the perimeters within the first leg at Previous Trafford, with the way in which United annoyed the swashbuckling LaLiga leaders in a 1-Zero loss giving them some hope of turning round their first quarter-final in 5 years.
Solskjaer’s aspect may even take encouragement from final month’s jaw-dropping win at Paris St Germain, the place United turned the primary aspect in Champions League historical past to overturn a first-leg residence defeat of two targets.
Very similar to that last-16 conflict, the tie might have been out of sight forward of the return fixture. Barca had the hosts chasing shadows for the primary 25 minutes, with Shaw – suspended for the second leg – by accident placing Ernesto Valverde’s aspect forward after Suarez met an outstanding cross from Lionel Messi.
Initially dominated out for offside, Video Assistant Referee Massimiliano Irrati overturned the choice and the previous Liverpool striker made essentially the most of his second within the highlight.
Philippe Coutinho pressured a high-quality save from David De Gea however Solskjaer’s Reds grew into the sport from the mid-point of the primary half and at instances had Barcelona rattled.
However as a lot as they annoyed the guests, they didn’t get a shot on course and Solskjaer’s aspect suffered a fourth loss in 5 matches to go away them dealing with an uphill battle in Spain.
United confirmed the guests an excessive amount of time and respect early on, with Barca’s calm, methodical probing bringing a 12th-minute opener after Sergio Busquets despatched Messi scampering.
The Argentinian star took the ball in his stride after which impressively managed to clip over a wedged cross on the flip to the far submit, the place Suarez firmly headed again throughout the face of purpose and wheeled off in celebration after it went in off Shaw’s again.
The linesman’s flag left the previous Liverpool striker as perplexed as he was offended, however the VAR intervened to overturn the offside resolution. It’s truthful to say Suarez loved his second celebration in entrance of the Stretford Finish.
The purpose had been coming and Barcelona continued to look sharp when shifting forwards, with Shaw’s foul on Messi resulting in a reserving that guidelines him out of subsequent week’s second leg.
Chris Smalling prevented punishment after leaving the mesmeric Barca ahead with blood pouring off his nostril, whereas Scott McTominay was maybe lucky to not get booked for simulation after happening within the field below minor contact.
United had by now belatedly settled and booked Busquets was strolling a red-card tightrope as Barcelona had been made to look uncomfortable.
Marcus Rashford, who fizzed an early free-kick vast, was wanting United’s greatest attacking risk and his cross was headed properly off track by Diogo Dalot within the residence aspect’s greatest probability of the primary half.
Issues might have been worse by half-time had it not been for a high-quality De Gea save together with his toes from Coutinho and Suarez snatching on the ball, giving United hope coming into the second half.
Urgent with renewed vigour throughout a vivid begin, Rashford mishit an try from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s punch and was then simply unable to get a contact on a high-quality Fred cross.
United had been struggling to create clear-cut probabilities and Barca might have put the sport to mattress within the 65th minute as Suarez raced behind to satisfy a Nelson Semedo cross, solely to fizz into the side-netting.
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De Gea denied Jordi Alba at his close to submit and held onto a deflected Messi free-kick shortly earlier than the spectacular McTominay put via substitute Anthony Martial, just for former United defender Gerard Pique to make a well timed intervention.
Barcelona dug deep to maintain the house aspect at bay, leaving Solskjaer’s aspect needing to win on the Nou Camp to succeed in the semi-finals.
They might want to muster a shot on course to try this, having failed to take action in a Champions League match for the primary time since 2005.