Manchester United was slapped with a sense of reality last night as they crashed out of the Champions League thanks to a 3-0 defeat at Barcelona.
The Red Devils already looked likely to leave the competition following a 1-0 loss in the home first leg at Old Trafford, but everyone at the club certainly wanted to be more competitive at the Camp Nou.
It wasn’t to be for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer , whose honeymoon period at Manchester United is over.
The Norwegian oversaw a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after taking over the role on a caretaker basis from Jose Mourinho in December.
But United’s form went sour in the lead up to Solskjaer landing the job permanently and has not improved since. But it’s not just the players who are to blame, according to legendary player turned pundit, Ruud Gullit, with the former Chelsea star identifying what he believed to be a ‘huge’ mistake made by Solskjaer against Barcelona.
“Manchester United made a mistake I think, tactically,” Gullit told beIN SPORTS.
“I can understand when you play at home that you want to score goals and be more adventurous and they decided not to do it in the first leg.
“They succeeded half because of the own goal – Messi had no shots on target but then you go to the Nou Camp and all of a sudden you want to attack.
“I don’t understand it because you’re not going to win in it then. Eventually on a pitch like that it’s difficult to play like that.
“You can ask Liverpool or Chelsea who have done it. You can ask Atletico Madrid who have done it.
“You’re not going to attack there and they did… and I think it was a huge mistake.”