Man. United 0-1 Barcelona: Champions League at a glance

Barcelona hold a narrow advantage at the halfway point of the tie after victory at Old Trafford.

Barcelona are in command of their quarter-final tie against Manchester United, Luke Shaw’s early own goal giving the Blaugrana a slender first-leg win at Old Trafford. Aiming to reach a first semi-final since they last lifted this trophy in 2015, the visitors took the lead inside 12 minutes, Shaw deflecting Luis Suárez’s powerful back-post header into his own net.

United improved considerably after switching from a back three to a back four in the first half, but despite enjoying periods of sustained pressure they failed to create enough opportunities to haul themselves level. After their remarkable win in Paris last month it would be foolish to write them off just yet; as Ole Gunnar Solskjær pointed out after their first-leg defeat in the previous round, mountains are there to be climbed.

Man of the match: Gerard Piqué

From the first moment he was pressed into service, racing back towards his own goal and needing to strain every sinew to beat Rashford to the chance, Piqué knew he was “home”. The place where he “grew up” and not only made a huge impact with his personality but only missed out on progression because of the Rio Ferdiand-Nemanja Vidić duopoly. The calm throughout, the aerial battles won, the serenity amid something of a red storm and then the late challenge on Anthony Martial, Piqué gave a signature performance – elegance, determination, athleticism – and a reminder to this Old Trafford crowd what they missed out on

 

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