Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has ruthlessly slammed his old club for being “scared” of Barcelona and named three players who offered “nothing”.
The Red Devils were left outclassed by Barcelona in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday at Camp Nou.
On the back of a 1-0 first-leg home loss, United arrived in Catalonia hoping to pull off a similar miracle comeback to the one they enjoyed at Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.
Instead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unable to make much of an impact with Barcelona showing them how very far they’ve still got to go before they can dream of winning major titles.
Lionel Messi’s first-half brace set the Catalan giants on their way before Philippe Coutinho’s 25-yard strike sealed a 3-0 victory and a place in the semi-finals.
And a frustrated Ince accused Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard of not offering anything for United during the defeat.
“I was really disappointed in Manchester United for their performance against Barcelona,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“They came out of the traps brilliantly, and though they should’ve taken their chances, it looked like they were going to go for it which is what we all want to see.
“United had nothing to lose at the Nou Camp, but they were scared. They should be going at Barcelona and that’s what we thought they’d do under Ole.
“The frustrating thing for me is none of the forwards looked interested in getting in behind – what were Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard doing? They offered nothing.
“We always knew that United were years behind Barcelona, but Tuesday night made you realise it again.
“Sometimes you can be kidded into thinking that a team is progressing rapidly based on a couple of good results – like the PSG game – but, really, you’ll be found out when you play a team like that.
“They’re years away from most of the top teams in Europe, now. When you look at Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona there’s a huge gap between them and United – it’s a fact.
“But a distance in class doesn’t mean you can’t try, and try hard to win. Ole will need to totally rebuild the team.
“You look at a lot of the players and think, really, are they the ones to take Man United forward? Are they going to win trophies with those players in the team? No.
“You’ve just paid £50m for Fred – and for what? They need new talent to try and bridge that gulf between other teams.”