Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay feels that his side made the mistake of showing Barcelona too much respect early on in their Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Old Trafford.
United went down 1-0 to a Luke Shaw own goal netted in the 12th minute after a threatening header from Luis Suarez but were not overwhelmed by the Spanish champions.
Diego Dalot somehow failed to steer a header into the back of the Barcelona net later in the first half but there would be no further score in a game that had an air of the frantic about it from both sides.
Speaking after the match McTominay told BT Sport: “In the first 10 minutes we showed them far too much respect but after that we adapted really well and looked the better side.
“It was an entertaining night to watch on the TV.
“Barcelona are top class, it’s difficult to get the ball. It’s not as easy as going out to press like mayhem.”
The home side were effective in their bid to keep Lionel Messi quiet, though the Argentine wizard was involved in the lead up to Barca’s goal, and Chris Smalling left the playmaker with a bloody nose after they dueled for a high ball.
United lacked quality in the final third though and Andre Ter Stegen had little to do in the Barcelona net. Manchester United’s fired off ten shots across 90 minutes but not a single one was on target.
The young midfielder feels that United are well placed for another one of their famous comebacks in the second leg of the tie.
McTominay added: “We have to do more in front of goal, score more goals. It’s a big second leg to go. It’s only half time. We are Manchester United and you can never write us off.”
Manchester United will be tasked with turning around the 1-0 deficit at the Nou Camp next week Tuesday 16 April.