In the end it wasn’t the massacre social media had predicted. The thrashing that the global anti-Man Utd legion was hoping Barcelona would hand us at Old Trafford never materialised.
Blaugruna’s world-famous firepower was neutered by our emerging midfield general, Scott ‘McTominator’ McTominay, and if our forwards had been more adventurous we would not be hoping for another miracle come Tuesday evening.
I harbour no illusions, but a win at Camp Nou is not out of question. With a little belief and purpose we can pull off another great Champions League escape.
But first we have to address some in-house issues.
Much has been said about the attitude of some of our key personnel over the last few games.
Paul Pogba’s performances, in particular, have been exasperating to watch. Coupled with the swirling rumours about his push for a move to Real Madrid in summer and the reported breakdown of relationship between him and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, maybe it’s time the club dealt with this matter once and for all.
If Pogba wants out so much he should use the remaining games to show his future employers what he is taking to Santiago Bernabeu. I will also add that there are better ways of going about it than poisoning the dressing room.
If things are bad as the British media are suggesting, then Ole should drop him with immediate effect and release him to complete his dream transfer.
Football prima donnas are a plague to the modern game and something that Man Utd can ill afford at this point in the season when everything seems to be heading south.
Players need to know that we need to win all the remaining games starting with West Ham Saturday.
Whether we are breezing past teams or grinding out results the hard way, every Man Utd player will know what is at stake and play for the badge.
The game against Barcelona showed us exactly where we stand. We have not fallen off the cliff as many have suggested, and we can dare to dream Saturday, Tuesday and beyond.
After all, Ole is still at wheel!