Darren Fletcher knows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his work cut out for him, if Manchester United hope to bridge the gap between themselves and the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Manchester United have struggled in recent years, and are now far behind the leading European teams. However, while Fletcher agrees to fact, what do United intend to do? He asks.
“There was a gulf in quality between the two sides,” Fletcher told BBC Five Live
“PSG were the better side over two legs in the last round but United rode their luck.
“Tonight, Barcelona were on top and two wonder goals from Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho were the difference.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot of work ahead of him tonight but he will have seen little things from his players tonight about who kept battling and who kept playing.
“Man Utd are way off Man City and Liverpool but it’s about how they bridge the gap now.
“Do they go down the route of recruiting the best young talent and try to mould them in the United way rather than buying ready-made players who maybe don’t have their heart in it?
“Scott McTominay did not stop all night and if you can put that work rate and attitude into players who have more ability, that would be great. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes had it but they were world-class players as well.”
Whilst United’s 4-0 aggregate defeat saw the red devils break an unwanted record, Fletcher doesn’t think it’s that much of an embarrassment, and hope the players pick the pieces and ensure a top four spot to feature in Champions League next season.
“It was 4-0 over the two legs but it hasn’t been an embarrassment and it could have been more if Barca wanted to turn on the style,” he said.
“United shouldn’t lose too much heart from this tie and they have to concentrate on the top four now. These players have to show they are part of Manchester United’s future in the remaining games of the season.”