Solskjaer backs Barcelona to win Champions League

Barcelona will win the Champions League after ousting Manchester United in the quarters, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona celebrate after scoring a goal against Manchester United.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Barcelona will win the Champions League this season.

Solskjaer's United was bundled out by Barcelona in the quarterfinals after Lionel Messi's brace secured a 3-0 second-leg victory on Tuesday.

Philippe Coutinho's long-range stunner following the interval sealed a 4-0 aggregate success and kept Barca's treble hopes alive.

Asked about Barca's Champions League chances ahead of a semifinal against either Liverpool or Porto, Solskjaer told reporters: "I think Barcelona will win yeah.

"With the quality they have in the front three. They've got [Ousmane] Dembele and Malcom, players there to put on.

"I wouldn't bet against them, even though I don't bet. But for me they will be favourites to win the whole tournament."

United's attention will now turn to securing a top-four spot in the Premier League.

With five matches remaining, United is sixth and two points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification.

United will travel to Everton on Sunday before hosting champion Manchester City (April 24) and Chelsea (April 28) in back-to-back blockbusters at Old Trafford.

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