OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER admitted he has a huge rebuilding job on his hands after Manchester United were humbled in Barcelona.
The Red Devils were thumped 3-0 to go out at the quarter-final stage of the Champions League 4-0 on aggregate.
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And gutted Solskjaer said: “We know there’s work to be done, I’ve said all along this isn’t going to change overnight and the next few years are going be massive to get to the level of Barcelona and other teams are at.
“We have spoken to the players we need to get the best out of each other and create an environment of top, top class attitude world class attitude every single day.
“We’ve got good players to work with and at the moment we’ve done really well to get to the quarters and challenge for top four but as I said we’ve got a rebuilding job but it starts with the coaches and players, and with one or two additions.
“That is the Barcelona team here, that’s the level we have to aspire to. We can get there but we have loads of work to do.
“If we want to get back to United’s true traditions and level, we know we have to challenge the Barcelona’s. I have to say they were a couple of levels above today and at Old Trafford.”
United were undone in the space of four first half minutes as Lionel Messi scored in the 16th and 20th minutes. Philippe Coutinho curled in a stunner to round the scoring off in the 61st minute.
Solskjaer said: “The quality of their finishing was absolutely outstanding.
“We started well. In the first 15 mins we felt we’ve got something here and then in four mins they scored two goals.
“Messi he’s top quality. He was the difference. He and Cristiano Ronaldo are different class and have been best players for last decade. He showed his quality.”
The 4-0 aggregate defeat was United’s worst in the knockout stages of European competition.
David De Gea blundered for Barca’s second goal – allowing Messi’s shot to squirm under his body but Solskjaer defended his No1.
Solskjaer said: “That’s unfortunate with goalkeepers when you make an error it can get highlighted and that’ll be remembered.
“But he made some fantastic saves and his contribution to the team is good but sometimes that happens in football.”
Man Utd and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer exit the Champions League at the hands of Messi and Barcelona