Messi at the wheel - Barca poke fun at Solskjaer's United

Arsenal celebrate Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's goal against Watford

The little maestro wasted little time in breaking the deadlock in front of a Nou Camp crowd who were just in awe of him.

Marcus Rashford struck the crossbar for the visitors in the second minute at the Nou Camp but Messi scored twice in the space of five minutes later in the first half to put Barca at ease.

He surged past Fred to unleash a shot which United goalkeeper David De Gea should have easily gathered, only for it to squirm under his body and over the line. We started well in the first 15 minutes, we felt "we've got something here" and then in four minutes they scored two goals. Beaten at this stage for three successive years has been hard to take, but Messi took it upon himself to bear that burden as he ripped any feint hope United had from their grasp following a bright starts with an exquisite opener. Marcus Rashford almost put them level on aggregate inside 30 seconds when he raced clear and hit a rising shot which clipped the crossbar.

The strike also ended Messi's 12-game quarter-final goal drought that stretched back to April 2013.

But United's early pressure almost turned to despair when the referee pointed to the spot and awarded Barcelona a penalty for Fred's challenge on Ivan Rakitic.

That, however, was before Messi's quickfire double.

Pogba lashed out at the increasingly influential Arthur and Barca could have had a third before half-time, De Gea scrambling across to save on the line when Sergi Roberto should have finished.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen was tested in the 90th minute by substitute Alexis Sanchez but Barca's number 1 eliminated the threat to deny United a consolation.

4 - Of the 70 previous occasions a side has won a Champions League knockout tie first leg away from home, just four have been eliminated (six per cent).

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer on BT Sport: "I have to say Lionel Messi is top quality and he was the difference of course".

"Yeah, that is the level we have to aspire to because that's the level we have been", Solskjaer told MUTV. It was the worst draw we could have got.

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