F.C. Barcelona only needed, Luke Shaw’s own goal in the first half to win the first leg of the quarterfinals Champions league. In the first half, United gave the ball to Barcelona, and waited for a mistake or a counterattack to surprise the defense leaded by Gerard Pique. It was not until the second half that Solskjaer’s squad started to put some preassure to get a goal and tie the game, however it was too late already.
Paul Pogba was one of the most active players for Manchester United, but it was not until the mixed zone after the game that he became the center of attention. Pogba has been linked to a possible transfer to Real Madrid at the end of the season since a couple of weeks ago. Zidane´s return to the white house, and the horrible season that Real Madrid is having this season has put Pogba in many newspaper covers.
Right after the player left the locker room he was stopped in the mixed zone by a Spanish reporter from «El chiringuito de jugones» and he was asked about his future next season. The first queston was about how he would feel about playing «El Clasico» next season. Pogba probably did not understand the reporter intentions and answere ‘Yes, when we play the Champions League it’s always nice to play against Barca, it’s a dream for anyone.’ Then the reporter asked a more specific question referring to Real Madrid, which Pogba did not reply. He said » I will not respond that, I only talk about the game.»
At the same time, Manchester United coach Solskjaer said in the post game interview, that he believes a second Camp Nou comback is possible. Referring to the 1999 champions league final Manchester United won in Barcelona. In that game Manchester United scored two goals in the over-time to beat Bayern Munich. The last goal was scored by the current Man. United coach. Since that goal Solskjaer has been a hero in Old Trafford.