Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has demanded his team do more, after Barcelona beat them 1-0.
The win, which was Barcelona’s first ever at Old Trafford, gives them an one-goal advantage to take back to the Camp Nou for the second leg of this quarter-final next week.
Luke Shaw’s own goal in the first half was the difference between the teams on the night, and while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had to weather Barcelona pressure at times, they grew into the game and dominated it at times.
McTominay had a good game in midfield alongside Fred, and the pair of them kept Lionel Messi quiet. The Argentinian had an off-colour night after getting clattered early on by Chris Smalling.
“In the first 10 minutes we showed them far too much respect but after that, we adapted really well and looked the better side,” said McTominay, speaking to BT Sport after the match.
“It was an entertaining night to watch on the TV. Barcelona are top class, it’s difficult to get the ball. It’s not as easy as going out to press like mayhem.
“We have to do more in front of goal, score more goals. It’s a big second leg to go. It’s only half time. We are Manchester United and you can never write us off.”
Manchester United were unable to convert their good spells into meaningful chances. Marc Andre Ter Stegen didn’t have a single save to make, as Gerard Pique put in a good display at the back to deny Manchester United any shots on goal.
“We pressed them high and made it difficult. It’s a shame we couldn’t get the goal. I thought we created some good chances,” said Smalling, speaking alongside McTominay to the TV cameras.
“We had a spell in the first half where we went after them and then we looked nervy, but after half time we got at them.
“The whole team, we nullified them. I think there was only one other save for David de Gea. We knew we had to bring that intensity that they’re not used to.
“It was a good battle, my yellow card on Luis Suarez out of all the challenges I thought it was the softest.”