The Spanish giants were far from dominant at Old Trafford, however, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men put up a decent shift and kept the visitors on their toes for a majority of the game.
Here’s how the Mancunian outfit fared on the night:
DAVID DE GEA: 6
Used his feet well to deny Philippe Coutinho and Jordi Alba in each of the two halves. Wasn’t tested much otherwise.
ASHLEY YOUNG: 2
Extremely poor with his delivery from the right flank. Zero successful crosses. Zero successful dribbles. A complete liability.
CHRIS SMALLING: 7
A rock at the back. Dominant in the air. Kept him promise of dealing with Lionel Messi by giving the Argentinian a bloodied nose.
VICTOR LINDELOF: 7
Another good display. Hardly put a foot wrong.
LUKE SHAW: 4
The ball deflected off his shoulder and into his own net. Picked up a yellow, and will subsequently miss the second leg at Camp Nou.
Worked very hard in middle of the park. Won the ball back numerous times, and passed it well. A commendable performance against one of the best midfields in the world.
SCOTT MCTOMINAY: 8
United’s academy graduate put in a brilliant shift against the Catalans. Used the ball well, and stamped his authority in midfield. Fearless.
PAUL POGBA: 5
Started slow, but grew into the game eventually. The worst of the Red Devils’ midfield trio on the night.
DIOGO DALOT: 5
Missed a glorious chance to equalise by heading the ball wide. Looked far from comfortable on the left wing.
MARCUS RASHFORD: 5
Was kept quiet by Gerard Pique. Wasteful on free-kicks from promising positions.
ROMELU LUKAKU: 4
Did not move as actively as he should have. The fact that the home side recorded no shots on target sums up the frontline’s performance against the Spanish opposition.
ANTHONY MARTIAL: 5
Provided a temporary burst of energy after coming on.
JESSE LINGARD: 4
Picked up a yellow.
ANDREAS PEREIRA: 5
Worked hard, and managed a few good passes.