While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to pull off the great escape against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League, questions still remained over Manchester United’s home form from the first leg against the Parisians.
The Red Devils have severely underperformed at Old Trafford in Europe’s elite club competition this season – especially when it comes to going forward.
And while Barcelona may be a different proposition when compared to a weakened PSG side without Neymar, United’s home woes continued on Wednesday night when they failed to find the back of the net again – the fourth time this season in Europe.
The Catalan giants nicked a crucial away goal in their quarter-final first leg when Luke Shaw inadvertently turned Luis Suarez’s header into his own net inside 12 minutes.
While failing to keep a clean sheet against Ernesto Valverde’s men is nothing to be ashamed of, United will be disappointed with their inability to register a single shot on target throughout the entire 90 minutes.
The Premier League side’s first real chance at goal came when Marcus Rashford had a one-man wall to beat from a free kick after Sergio Busquets brought down Scott McTominay outside the Barcelona penalty area.
The 21-year-old hit the shot sweetly but it didn’t troubled a confident Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal.
Rashford then turned provider just before half-time as he swung in an inviting cross to the back post but Diogo Dalot’s header sailed across the area to the feet of Ashley Young at the byline.
After the restart, it was Rashford again that had the chance to test Ter Stegen but he could only slice his volley high in the air despite having time and space inside the area.
Substitute Anthony Martial could have been the hero after bursting into the box but his second touch got away from him and the ball was cleared by Gerard Pique.