Netherlands great Ruud Gullit believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a huge mistake by deciding to play attacking at the Camp Nou after defending for most of the first leg at Old Trafford.
After trailing 1-0 from the quarter-final’s first leg, the Red Devils had a promising start in Barcelona but Lionel Messi took centre stage with a brace as the Blaugrana sealed their spot in the Champions League semi-finals in the opening 45 minutes.
Philippe Coutinho’s incredible long range strike put the game beyond United’s reach. And Gullit spoke after the clash and pointed out Manchester United’s shortcomings and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach in this tie.
Metro quote Gullit’s interview with beIN Sports wherein he said, “Manchester United made a mistake I think, tactically. 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.”
The Dutch great continued, “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.”
Revealing previous examples of teams who faced issues doing the same, Gullit concluded, “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.”