Well, folks, our Champions League run is over. FC Barcelona beat Manchester United comfortably on the night – although things could have been so different if it wasn’t for silly individual mistakes.
I actually thought the Red Devils started the game pretty well. Then came the turning point… Ashley Young dilly-dallied in possession and gave Lionel Messi an opening – which the Argentine duly stuck away.
From that point forward, Barca were in complete control and United never looked like getting back into the game. Again, United handicapped themselves, again, Young was the main perpetrator.
Don’t get me wrong, Young has been a great servant to this club, but if the answer to our full-back problems is a 33-year-old former winger then I’ve got no idea what the question is.
I guess it harps back to the horrendous summer transfer window United had. At the end of the day, Ole Solskjaer can only play the cards that he has been dealt and I struggle to see who the other options would have been given Luke Shaw’s suspension.
All-in-all it was just a tough night. We are talking about an FC Barcelona attack that is probably still the best front line on the planet and I do feel sorry for Young, but we’re well within our rights to demand more. As you’d imagine, Twitter was far from pleased with Young’s display as you can see below…